Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island

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Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island:

In truth, there is actually only one correct answer to this question. That answer is MacGyver.

Who else but everyone’s favorite 1980s TV Star would get you off that island with a raft made of your hair ties, some tic tacs and a few palm fronds? That’s right. No one else.

That said, if you insist on not traveling with Macgyver, these book characters would be my top picks to survive (and get off) a deserted island:

  1. Katniss from The Hunger Games: Since the entire series is basically about Katniss surviving things, I’m pretty sure she’d be a good deserted island buddy. She would help you find food and build a shelter and you know she wouldn’t rest until you both made it off the island. (Note: if the island has a giant cornucopia, disregard all of that information and run. You’re on your own. I’m sorry.)
  2. Katsa from Graceling: With her very useful Grace, Katsa is skilled in all sorts of things from fighting to surviving in the woods. Katsa is also fiercely loyal, so once you’re on her good side you’re really golden.
  3. Anyone from The Outlaws of Sherwood: Oh how I rue the fact that I gave away my copy of this book. That said, if you’re looking for people who can survive anywhere, Robin Hood and his Merry Men are probably a good pick.
  4. Eugenides from The Thief OR Sophos from A Conspiracy of Kings: While his skills aren’t always obvious, Eugenides is pretty clever and more than likely to survive in any situation. Much like Eugenides, you wouldn’t think Sophos would be much in the way of surviving, well, anything. But Sophos is smart and overcomes all sorts of difficulties in his book (the latest in the much-loved Queen’s Thief series) so I’d trust him on a deserted island!
  5. Pell from The Bride’s Farewell: Pell leaves her home (in 1850s England) to escape an arranged marriage and choose her own life. Along the way she runs into lots of trouble but she never once waivers and what’s more, she makes it.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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4 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island

  1. I want MacGyver!!! He’d make that island FLY!! I’m so mad I forget him. But then it was very late when I wrote mine and I was so very very tired. lol

    Of the characters you list that I have met, I highly approve of, the others will require some serious vetting (ie reading of their stories) to see if they are deserted island worthy. lol

    My TTT is here.


  2. When I saw this prompt my first thought was MacGyver! The other characters came later. I can assure you they are all hardcore survivalist material. There’s no way this team is staying on a deserted island for long!


  3. Once again I’m going to show my age but who is MacGyver? But YES to Katniss – can’t believe I skipped her on my list. And I actually haven’t read Graceling yet, but I’ve heard that the characters are pretty awesome


  4. Okay. MacGyver is the character in a 1980s TV show and his schtick (aside from fighting the Red Communist Menace) was that he’d “macgyver” or Jerry-rig these complex inventions with very basic materials. (Like a bazooka with a stick of gum and a stick or something crazy.) You can also read more about the show here: (It makes me sad you won’t appreciate any of the 1980s shows I watched on re-runs as a 1990s kid. Not to mention the 1950s Westerns re-runs!)

    Re: Katsa in Graceling. She is basically Katniss. They are the same. As a high fantasy fan I guarantee you will LOVE Graceling!


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