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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Stuff Your Stocking Blogfest: P.R. Mason

What would your favorite characters be doing for Christmas?
By: P.R. Mason

For me, some literary characters are so vivid they live in my head for days, months and even years after I've read a novel. Recently, while re-reading my favorite J.K. Rowling book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, it occurred to me to wonder how Voldemort—pre-final demise,of course—would spend Christmas Eve. My bet is that he would decorate a giant spruce with glass ornaments of Harry's face which he would then blast into smithereens one-by-one with a wave of his wand. He'd probably also be casting a cruciatus curse on anyone who didn't agree the holiday should be renamed Voldemas.

How about Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice? Sadly, he probably wouldn't be swimming semi-naked in the pond at Pemberley as Colin Firth did in the BBC version of the book since the English weather at this time of year would be prohibitive. But I can picture a pre-humbled Darcy attending a country-dance near Longbourne and turning up his nose at the informality of the occasion, the rustically shabby nature of the decorations, and the boisterousness of the celebrating company. Of course, the post-humbled Darcy would be enjoying a family Christmas with Elizabeth and the Bingleys. He'd probably be sitting cross-legged on the floor, quite enjoying the informality of playing with the children.

Katniss from Hunger Games—if the holiday existed in her dystopian world—would probably spend Christmas Eve hunting for enough food to feed her family and as many others in the village that she could manage.

Prince Leopold, the villain of my novel Entanglements, was the son of Queen Victoria. A failed medical procedure, intended to cure his hemophilia, accidentally transformed him into a vampire. But that doesn't mean he wouldn't want to celebrate Christmas. The prince views himself as extremely civilized and dedicated to duty. So his Christmas would be traditional. He'd be relaxing near a roaring fire in the ornate drawing room of his palace, admiring the decorated Tannenbaum and sipping a warm drink. Of course, his drink would be mulled blood instead of wine. And we probably wouldn't want to know about the ingredients of the pudding.

The heroine of Entanglements, Kizzy, a teen who has been devastated by a family tragedy and accidentally opens a vortex to an alternate dimension, would probably refuse to celebrate Christmas at all. Kizzy wouldn't see anything about her world she'd want to celebrate. That's her attitude as the novel opens, but by the end...Well, I hope you'll read Entanglements and see for yourself.

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Author bio: P.R. Mason writes steamy contemporary and paranormal romance under the name Patricia Mason and young adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy as P.R. Mason. She escaped from the snowy Midwest winters of her youth by moving to Savannah, Georgia, where her home is ruled by two black cats. For more titles by the author, visit You can also follow the author @prmason on Twitter.


Debby said...

Hmmm, I love your ideas. I am betting some of my favorite characters would be relaxed in front of the tree with their honeys,perhaps in a compromising position.
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Mountain Laurel said...

Most of my most memorable characters seems to be the I am sure they would be hanging out with Scrooge or the

Frank said...

LOL! Interesting to ponder, PR! A couple of my favorite characters were Evie and St. Vincent from Devil in Winter, and Ms. Kleypas was kind enough to give us a peek in A Wallflower Christmas... I like to imagine most of them happily curled up by the fires with their families now :) That, and chasing their little ones as they get into all kinds of pre-holiday mischief!

Hope your own celebrating was merry and memorable!

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shadow_kohler said...

My favorite characters im sure will be sitting by fireplaces, listening to christmas music, enjoying being with each other and there families and friends. ;)

VampedChik said...

Most of my favorite characters would probably be trying to have a nice normal Christmas and some big crisis will happen that they need to save the day. Buffy is one for example. Thanks so much for sharing!

Confucius Cat said...

Thanks all for commenting. Hope your New Years was fantastic. Here's to a fabulous 2012. P.R. Mason