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Literary Hot Beverages (in Theory)

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We know Scrooge was no fan of using heat, so what would he drink to warm up? Coffee or tea? Or perhaps hot chocolate? What would be the favorite hot drinks of some favorite fictional characters if they lived today (or maybe even in their own time and place)?

If relaxing in cooler weather or needing a pick-me-up, here are the picks for seven beloved literary characters.

Count Dracula: Very Strong Red Rooibos Tea

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Count Dracula obviously would require some type of red drink for his chosen hot beverage to at least remind him of his favorite liquid.

Orpheus: Hot Chocolate

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The choice of Orpheus would have to be something sweet to remind him of Eurydice.

Scrooge: Black Coffee

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Nothing fancy for Scrooge—just regular black coffee. After all, who needs to spend money on cream and sugar? And none of that fancy cafe or coffee shop stuff, either…bah, humbug!

Frodo: Apple Cider

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Apple cider just reminds this favorite hobbit of the Shire, taking a walk in the woods and of simpler times in Hobbiton.

Winnie the Pooh: Tea with Honey

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Any mild or herbal tea with honey is likely to be served at a tea party with Winnie the Pooh.

King Arthur: English Breakfast Tea

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A good and robust English breakfast tea is perfect for the ruler of Camelot.

Dorian Gray: Espresso

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A strong espresso is the hot beverage of choice for Dorian Gray—and unlike Scrooge, Dorian’s tastes are geared more toward fine coffees found only in the most exquisite coffee establishments.

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And for one of my characters, Archaeologist Anna Purgitt: Green Tea and Green Matcha

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Being an archaeologist, Anna enjoys green teas, which are available in many areas she would travel during an expedition.

Anna Purgitt is featured in the short story, “Revvel’s Tomb.”

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Literary Ice Cream (in Theory)

The last literary food post explored chocolate that might be the favorites of some of the most beloved fictional characters if they lived in this day and age. Since “we all scream for ice cream,” though (as the saying goes), how could we not look at ice cream that might make our favorite characters break out in cheers?

So if the following seven characters were hanging out in summer, what might their favorite ice cream be? Here are some possible picks.

Count Dracula: Any Ice Cream with Dripping Cherry Sauce

For Dracula, it probably wouldn’t be so much about the ice cream but about the toppings for it. Anything featuring some drippy cherry or strawberry topping looking like his favorite liquid would appease him.

 

Orpheus: German Chocolate Ice Cream

Most likely, a tried-and-true European ice cream (or at least one that sounded European) would be perfect for this ancient hero.

 

Scrooge: Vanilla Sundae Cups

Being the miser that he is, Scrooge would be drawn to vanilla sundae cups you could buy at the store for 10 for $1.

 

Frodo: Mushroom Ice Cream

This certainly isn’t a common flavor, but it does exist. And any time Frodo could get ahold of mushroom ice cream, of course that would be the first choice.

 

Winnie the Pooh: Honey Ice Cream

Pretty self-explanatory.

 

King Arthur: Praline Ice Cream

This sweet, almost candy-like flavor would surely remind King Arthur of his fanciful Camelot.

 

Dorian Gray: Gelato

How dare anyone suggest Dorian Gray would partake of regular ice cream! Only the finest gelato would do for this lover of decadence.

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And for one of my characters, Archaeologist Anna Purgitt: Vanilla Soft Serve

Vanilla soft serve just has that nostalgic quality that any good archaeologist would appreciate.

*Anna Purgitt is featured in the short story, “Revvel’s Tomb.”

 

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A Story That Keeps Coming Back to Mind

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Meet “Scruffy.”

Scruffy is a plastic dog sold as one of Barbie’s pets in the 1980s. He actually was an unnamed puppy that came with Barbie’s full-grown dog, Beauty (an Afghan hound).

But he didn’t remain unnamed for long. Having read the book Scruffy by Jack Stoneley (which can today be found on Amazon), I loved the book’s title character and opted to name one of the two plastic puppies in the set with Scruffy’s name.

Of course, some real pets have been named after fictional characters. After Peter Jackson’s first Lord of the Rings film came out, I remember hearing about at least one dog named Frodo.

And on YouTube, there’s Gatsby, a Corgi that shares a name with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s character (though I’m not sure if he’s technically named after Jay Gatsby).

The funny thing is that I very specifically remember reading Scruffy over and over again. Every once in a while, the book will pop into my head for no reason. I can’t recall now what the main plot or storyline was—but I loved the character so much that the book featuring him still lingers in my memory.

A great character is like that—he or she will leave an imprint so that the story just keeps coming back to mind.

A great character is like that—he or she will leave an imprint so that the story just keeps coming back to mind.

It has been said that character is plot; whether or not that’s true, a character can spring back into a reader’s head long after he or she has read the book. That’s just one reason why good characterization is so important—it can help a reader connect. And apparently, that may still be true long after the story is put down.

And yes, to this day, I still own my plastic “Scruffy.”

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