We’ve been recently tagged by the unparalleled Orangutan Librarian to “take 5 or more of the favorite book characters and imagine what they would be doing if they were quarantined with us in the real world”. The tag, created by Kal at Reader Voracious, looks so much fun that we jumped on the opportunity right away! 😉 We are in a very hyperactive mood lately, I guess it’s a giddiness born from being in lockdown for far too long 😀 So, thank you for this little tag, Orangutan Librarian – it was fun!
Characters in Quarantine
FitzChivalry Farseer from Robin Hobb’s Realm of Elderlings series
He’d be secretly happy to have another opportunity to whine and feel sorry for himself. I can totally see him using the quarantine as an excuse to lock himself down in a remote, desolate place and once again write the story of his life :D.
Fraa Jad from Neal Stephenson’s Anathem
He’d have already explored all possible universes and options, and chosen the one course of action that would have prevented the coronavirus from jumping from bats/pangolins to humans in the first place. So, long story short, he wouldn’t be in quarantine now, because there wouldn’t have been a pandemic! Unless what we have now is the best possible option already…. (shudders).
Croaker from Glen Cook’s Black Company series
Not to spoil anything, but Croaker is already in a self-imposed quarantine, and it was his own choice. So, needless to say, he will continue as he does now, and use that time to further expand his knowledge.
Granny Weatherwax and Sam Vimes from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series
The most consummate adept of headology, Granny Weatherwax would apply its inescapable logic to the virus and Weatherwax it, thus rendering it completely harmless. No quarantine, no pandemic, only a small amount of viruses suddenly afraid of Granny and quite prone to introspection ;).
Sam Vimes on the other hand, would not be affected much. He would be designated an essential worker and stay on the streets, to make sure the rest of the population obeys the lockdown. I can imagine a great Discworld novel… heh.
Lying Cat from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’s Saga series
Lying Cat would simply have a field day with the politicians in the pandemic!
Bilbo Baggins, or, to be honest, the entire hobbit race
They are ready, and able to enjoy themselves in such a situation. Well-stocked pantries, large families able to entertain themselves… they could survive quite a long lockdown with their sanity kept and bellies as round as ever.
Corwin of Roger Zelazny’s Amber series, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman
Some of my favourite characters already had episodes of forced, prolonged isolation. I guess they would withstand some more, with annoyed dignity.
Sandman wouldn’t even be worried about hairdressers being closed (I kind of look like he does here, but I have an appointment next week 🙂 ).
Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes
He would survive it. The house – wouldn’t. After a few weeks of quarantine there would not be a single wall standing 😉