Monday, September 5, 2016

Ten Characters Who Should Have Their Own Talk Shows

I'm linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for another Top Ten Tuesday.

This week's topic is all about television. I rarely watch television, so I decided to stick with books. There are plenty of larger-than-life characters who would fit right in on TV as a talk show host! Here are some that I thought of.

1. Allan Karlsson (from The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared)
This guy clearly has a way with people, given the multitude of world leaders (of all stripes) he got to trust him in the first 100 years of his life. And he's had so many experiences in his life that he could find commonality with just about anyone. The only problem is that he doesn't like being the center of attention...

2. Emma Woodhouse (from Emma)
Here I am clearly picturing the star of Emma Approved, but even the original Emma liked to meddle in other people's lives (for their own good, of course). She would be like today's Dr. Phil, telling people how to fix their lives — while possibly doing more harm than good.

3. Frankie Landau-Banks (from The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks)
Frankie isn't afraid to make things happen behind the scenes, so think how much more she could do with her own platform! I can imagine her interviewing feminist leaders about how they're breaking down barriers in their own arenas.

4. Harlow Fielding (from We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves)
Harlow's a total wildcard who is probably better suited to a reality show. I imagine her as more of a Jerry Springer — people would tune in just to see the train wreck.

5. Hercule Poirot
The private detective has decades of experience getting people to reveal things about themselves that they never planned to share. He would also be able to screen people beforehand to know if their story was completely true before they went on the air.

6. Ifemelu (from Americanah)
Ifemelu has a lot of opinions about America and isn't afraid to share them (albeit from behind a computer screen). She would have the kind of show that always started with an opening monologue before diving into current events with interesting guests.

7. Lydia Bennet (from The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet)
I'm going with this book over Pride and Prejudice because here I really do mean the version of Lydia that appears on The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (yes, that's probably cheating). She's comfortable in front of a camera and has a big personality, but she also cares a lot about others and is willing to share the spotlight with them if it will get them out of their shell.

8. Owen Meany (from A Prayer for Owen Meany)
Owen has a commanding presence and strong opinions, and he's watched enough bad TV that he probably knows exactly how he would do it differently. Plus, everyone would keep tuning back in to hear The Voice.

9. Robin Ellacott (from the Cormoran Strike series)
Robin, like Poirot, is good at getting people to talk when on a case, but with less pomposity and more natural acting ability. She's incredibly smart and already experienced in dealing with difficult people — like her boss.

10. Tiny Cooper (from Will Grayson, Will Grayson)
Tiny has a huge presence (in every way) that would work as well on television as it does on the stage. And his natural positivity would be nice to tune in to on a morning show when you're feeling grouchy about another workday.

Which characters would you watch on TV?

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