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.
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 http://www.prmason.net. You can also follow the author @prmason on Twitter.