Top Ten Tuesday: Sitting Between Ralph Waldo Emerson and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly list making meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and it’s one of my favorite things about book blogging! Each week is a fun new topic for us all to flail over, and I love creating my own list just as much as I love perusing everyone else’s! I’ve found both amazing books to add to my TBR pile, and amazing people to add to my life!

This week’s topic?

Top Ten Authors To Meet – Spun Your Way

I thought about how I wanted to do this topic for a while, but eventually decided that as much fun as I have meeting authors (and I really do!!), and that as many present day really interesting and cool authors exist, I wanted to go a different way.

One thing I’ve thought about a lot is that question of “If you could meet any 10 people in the world, who would they be?” – but I like to take it a bit further and imagine if I were meeting those 10 people all at once, and they were meeting each other too … which is why I decided to come up with a seating chart for a dinner party, and all 10 (okay, 11) of the authors had to have already passed away.

Without further ado, here is my seating chart for my fancy dinner party!
(*Notes on why I sat people where are located at the bottom, haha)

Ok, so here’s my thoughts.

You’ve got JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis at the top, because they knew each other and could keep the conversation going if at any point it became stilted (which I doubt, but still). They’d also probably be really good mediators for any hullabaloo that started up, and pretty even tempered. Last, but certainly not least, I imagine they could come up with some fantastic conversation starters.

I placed Charlotte Bronte and Agatha Christie together because, honestly, I think those two could probably find a lot to talk about. And I put them across from Ernest Hemingway because, as interesting as I’m sure he would prove to be, he also needs some ladies to keep him in his place. (Hence Mary Shelley on his right hand side.)

Speaking of Ernest, we have him next to the aforementioned Shelley and CS Lewis, because I think CS would be a good influence on him. Temper down that bombastic nature of his a little bit, you know? And then we’ve got Roald Dahl diagonal from Ernest because they could probably find a lot to talk about in the way of wars and spies and other manly man things (Ernest’s words, not mine).

The other side of the table is a bit interesting, because the two people I’ve sat myself in between are Arthur Conan Doyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson. I’ve always been fascinated by RWE and his views on Transcendentalism, and honestly would love the chance to listen to him speak. I put him closest to me because I thought he might not be as likely to speak across a table as, say, Hemingway or Christie. And then Arthur Conan Doyle … I mean, well. Why not??

Then we’ve got Oscar Wilde and Mark Twain because every dinner party needs to have someone to make you laugh or break up any tension, and I honestly can’t think of two authors better suited for just that. (Note Twain’s proximity to Dahl – could you even imagine the things those two would find to discuss?)

And no, I did not put in an obsessive amount of time and thought into this.

I didn’t.

(Okay, I did.)

[Also, just because it bears mentioning: some runner-ups whom I hope would attend should any of these 11 not be able to come: Gertrude Stein, the Fitzgeralds (it must be both), Mary Wollstonecraft, Jane Austen, Evelyn Waugh, Geoffrey Chaucer, Emily Dickinson, or E.E. Cummings]

Okay so now you’ve gotta tell me, because I’m crazy interested to see what people would say – if you had to create a seating chart for a dinner party with authors (alive or deceased) – who would you have seated on either side of you??

Let’s talk!

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  1. Another great reason to put Charlotte Bronte next to JRR Tolkien: she used to write fantasies as a kid. They would have plenty to discuss in terms of world-building, action and adventure, plotting…

  2. This is genius! If you don’t mind pulling up an extra chair, I think I’ll just seat myself in between Lewis and Tolkien, then move between Dahl and Twain later on (now that would be a hilarious pair to sit with)!

  3. I absolutely love your reasoning and how much thought you put into the seating chart! Brilliant! This was such a fun way to approach the topic too 🙂 Maybe these are cliche answers but I’d like to be seated between J.K. Rowling and Jane Austen; Jane would be more reserved but I think both of them would be such fun to gossip with, especially at a fancy dinner party! All that cutting wit & humor, and insight into society.