Who doesn’t love a good party? Good music, good food, perhaps a drink or two (or three or four); there’s a lot of fun to be had in that most raucous of social gatherings. We humans have made partying something of an art form with a bevy of festivals, celebrations, and rites of passage to give ourselves plenty of excuses to let our hair down and perhaps indulge in our wilder impulses, if only for a night or two. Whether we’re talking the well-documented escapades of Spring Break or the storied excesses of Mardi Gras and everything in between, there’s something to be said for a good blow out. That being the case, and us being the bookworms we are, we thought it’d be fun to take a look at a few literary favorites tailor-made for a night on the town.
A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
Hunter S. Thompson
We’re definitely not certain we could survive a day or two in the sure-to-be mind-altering company of Hunter S. Thompson’s literary doppelganger, but have to admit the attempt would certainly be interesting. Gonzo, eccentric, hedonist, perpetually intoxicated – at least you’d never get bored with Duke as your wingman.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
To be fair, Gatsby could be a bit of a downer, and never really seemed to actually participate in his lavish parties. But no one puts on a party quite like Gatsby. If you want a big spectacle and a reason to get all fancied up, Jay Gatsby is the guy you want making your plans.
Real-Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing
Technically, Bill Murray is not a fictional character (at least we think he’s not), but he’s most certainly larger-than-life, with stories of his good-natured shenanigans carving out their very own pseudo-urban legend niche. With his affable charm and legendary sense of humor, we’re positive there would plenty of good times to be had in Murray’s company. Of course, the question is: would anyone believe the inevitable stories of your Murray-led escapades?
The Weasley Twins
Every group needs a good practical joker, right? In the case of the Weasley Twins you get a matching set. Renowned among Potter fans for their magical hi-jinxes, ingenuity, and penchant for finding a good time when there’s one to be had, Fred and George would be a welcome addition to any party.
A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One
George R. R. Martin
“I drink and I know things.” Who wouldn’t want to hang out with the guy who can plausibly say things like that? Between his razor-sharp wit, those deep Lannister pockets, and a clear appreciation for good booze, Tyrion is a party unto himself. And, c’mon, you know you’d love to hear a few of his tales.
While it’s not certain Holly would make a particularly great friend in the long run, there’s no denying she’d make for interesting company – at least for a while. Her wit and impulsive streak would, at the very least, make for a great story or two.
Bridget Jones is a delightful hot mess. She has absolutely no discernible filter, is hilariously clumsy, and endearingly charming. With Bridget you never quite know what your getting into and that, of course, is where the fun lies.
Every party needs someone in charge of the music. For our money, there’s nobody better suited for that task than Rob Fleming. With an encyclopedic musical knowledge, access to his own record store, and a budding DJ career, Rob is just the man for the job.
Lewis Carroll; Illustrated by Anna Bond
Everybody has that one truly eccentric and wonderfully weird friend, right (if you don’t, it’s probably you…)? They’re always good for a laugh and a story or two at the very least. Well, they don’t come much more eccentric or wonderfully weird than Lewis Carroll’s Hatter. His tenuous grip on reality and penchant for nonsense certainly has its place.
He’s enigmatic, preternaturally charming, and he can spin a good yarn – Mr. Wednesday may be a bit hazardous in large doses, but for a weekend or so of parties and shenanigans? We’d wager there’s a good time to be had. Just don’t play checkers with any of his friends.