9 Book Characters You Would Want to Take a Road Trip With

Posted by Hayley on September 29, 2017
Some of the most unforgettable fictional characters are fine right where they are—in fiction. After all, being fun to read about and being fun to hang out with are two very different things. (Do you want to spend the day with Gollum? Do you really?)

But then there are those characters who already feel like friends, like kindred spirits. With them, we'd endure the ultimate test in any friendship: a vacation. We asked on Facebook and Twitter: What book character would you want to go on a road trip with? Check out some of the top responses below!


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HERMIONE
from the Harry Potter series
by J.K. Rowling

"She travels light, packs the essentials, and would research the heck out of a place before going there." -Stephanie


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SHERLOCK HOLMES
from the Sherlock Holmes books
by Arthur Conan Doyle

"Look, man, whether you're going with the book Sherlock, Robert Downey Jr., or Benedict Cumberbatch, I'm going to be there." -Anaya


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FORD PREFECT
from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books
by Douglas Adams

"I know this great restaurant at the end of the universe…." -JB


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HARRY BOSCH
from the Harry Bosch series
by Michael Connelly

"He knows stuff, has great taste in music, I would be protected, and he doesn't talk too much." -Sherri


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NANCY DREW
from the Nancy Drew books
by Carolyn Keene

"We'd have great adventures solving crimes, eating all the time, playing sports, and riding in Nancy's dreamy convertible!" -Diane


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JO MARCH
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by Louisa May Alcott

"It would be a bookish, museum-filled, intense tour with her—and we're very much alike." -Emma


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KVOTHE
from The Kingkiller Chronicle
by Patrick Rothfuss

"Because he'll have some insane stories to tell." -Muhammad


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JAMIE FRASER
from the Outlander series
by Diana Gabaldon

"Life is sure to be interesting as that man attracts trouble." -Tracey


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THE LUGGAGE
from the Discworld series
by Terry Pratchett

"Oh shoot. How could I forget the Luggage? Of course that's the right answer." -Maria




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message 1: by Leona (new)

Leona  Petrovic Hermione, hell yes! Sign me up for that road trip


message 2: by Kristina (new)

Kristina The Luggage for me :))


message 3: by Ramo (new)

Ramo Kvothe, hhaah I would love to meet him in real life. Roadtrip would be even better


message 4: by Steelwhisper (new)

Steelwhisper Just Sherlock Holmes.


message 5: by Pamela (new)

Pamela Mclaren This is a fun list but may I add another: Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next. Who wouldn't want to be Lost in a Good Book, dive in The Well of Lost Plots (Thursday Next, #3) and be First Among Sequels?


message 6: by Desi (new)

Desi Kennedy Stephanie Plum!!! Although we would probably end up in jail!!


message 7: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Oakhem Hermione yassssssss!!!!!!! DEFINITELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


message 8: by Wisbert (new)

Wisbert Kurevakwesu Sherlock Holmes.


message 9: by Donna (new)

Donna Bijas Also Mary Poppins would be good. She also has only one bag and knows the best places to visit to ride on carousel horses and have tea on a ceiling. And the lady from Bedknobs and Broomsticks (played by Angela Lansbury but can't recall her name).


message 10: by SℓιM (new)

SℓιM Sherlock Holmes, Hermione and Nancy Drew for me.


message 11: by Richard (new)

Richard How about the guys from Three Men in a Boat?


message 12: by Breslin (new)

Breslin White It would be funny to spend a day with a character from an Evelyn Waugh novel


message 13: by Spencer (new)

Spencer Derek Souza! From The Summoning of course!


message 14: by Tara (new)

Tara How could you not take Sam from The Lord of the Rings?!?!? He is the epitome of the traveling companion, and will push you on, even when you want to give up. He would be my #1 choice.


message 15: by Spencer (new)

Spencer Watched the movies but never got around to the books, lol. My reading list is packed.


message 16: by Julia (new)

Julia Tara wrote: "How could you not take Sam from The Lord of the Rings?!?!? He is the epitome of the traveling companion, and will push you on, even when you want to give up. He would be my #1 choice."

Absolutely agree! I love the debate that Sam should be hailed as the hero of Lord of the Rings!!


message 17: by Gina (new)

Gina Hermione and Nancy for sure.


message 18: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Jacob Reckless from Cornelia Funke's The Petrified Flesh. We could travel the world behind the mirror with Fox, go on treasure hunts for enchanted items, uncovered buried secrets, see the sights, and fight some Goyls. With Jacob's wits, courage, and recklessness, it would be one heck of a road trip:)


message 19: by Jo (new)

Jo "Half suitcase, half homicidal maniac." Definitely The Luggage.


message 20: by Keoni (new)

Keoni Gurske no take one with alex rider


message 21: by juliaaargh (new)

juliaaargh Pamela wrote: "This is a fun list but may I add another: Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next. Who wouldn't want to be Lost in a Good Book, dive in [book:The Well of Lost Plots (Thursday Nex..."

Thursday would be my first choice aswell!


message 22: by Andreas (new)

Andreas Jo wrote: ""Half suitcase, half homicidal maniac." Definitely The Luggage."

Haha! Yeah absolutely!

Also Ford Perfect ain't half bad.


message 23: by Eule (new)

Eule Luftschloss Why Sherlock Holmes? Why travel with someone who would in turn sit there, brooding, taking drugs, experimenting, obsessively playing violin or being out, looking for clues?
Yes, you won't know where the road might take you, but I, personally, would get very aggressive when treated like Sherlock Holmes treats everybody.

I'd rather take John Watson with me.

But no, who I'd really like to travel with is Rubeus Hagrid. Let's hike and look what we find.


message 24: by Janice (new)

Janice Christine Feehan's Zacaraias De La Cruz, and Giovanni Ferraro, Kerrelyn Spark's Angus MacKay, Lynsay Sands's Lucian, Martine, Vincent & Victor...for starters...


message 25: by Layla (new)

Layla Jamie Fraser, definitely! And of course, Chris from The Kiss Test :)


message 26: by Caleb (new)

Caleb Gilmore AW hell yea Ford Perfect


message 27: by Issam (new)

Issam Hamad Forrest Gump!


message 28: by Rui (new)

Rui Mateus The Luggage would be perfect. But I'd like to travel with Rand al'Thor, even though it would probably not work that well


message 29: by Tyler (new)

Tyler Travis Hoid/Wit from The Stormlight Archives
Glokta from the First Law Trilogy
Sazed from Mistborn
Captain Vimes from Discworld
Matt from Wheel of Time


message 30: by D.B. (new)

D.B. Shayne Sherlock Holmes!


message 31: by Katy (new)

Katy M Gus McCrae from Lonesome Dove. Fun-loving adventurer that would either protect your or get you killed.


message 32: by Caleb (new)

Caleb Gilmore true
i got alot of MOVIE characters in mind tho


message 33: by James (new)

James Joyce "After all, being fun to read about and being fun to hang out with are two very different things"

This can not be the basis for the questions people were asked.

Sherlock Holmes from the stories? Fun to hang out with?

No. This was people picking either RDJ or Cumberbatch, not Sherlock Holmes.


TheBohemianBookworm I don' think I can choose. Way too many! I'll take them all! How about that lol.


Bookishnymph *needs hea* "Ford Prefect: 'I know this great restaurant at the end of the universe….' "

LOL

I'd choose Cadvan from The Naming by Alison Croggon and Mr. Tumnus from The Chronicles of Narina. We'd have a "magical" time. (I know, bad pun) : )


message 36: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany Marin Desi wrote: "Stephanie Plum!!! Although we would probably end up in jail!!"

Or blown up


message 37: by Aaron (new)

Aaron Schmid How is Samwise Gamgee not on this list?! The best travel companion ever.

I'd also love to road-trip with Enzo, from Garth Stein's "The Art of Racing in the Rain"... because dogs are sometimes better than humans :P


message 38: by Ruby (new)

Ruby Maggio hermoine and nancy drew


message 39: by Sandy (new)

Sandy I can't see Sherlock Holmes being a great road trip companion unless we are talking about Elementary's Sherlock all the other's seem like awful roommates can you imagine being trapped in a car for hours?

Hermione is always prepared so I can see us always knowing where we are and always having snacks. Pop in a good audio book in the stereo and we'd be set.


message 40: by Greg (new)

Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom Conan the Barbarian- He's the ultimate man's man, not only would you go on some legendary adventures but you some legendary partying too.


message 41: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany Marin Peabody from the In Death books...


message 42: by Fiona (new)

Fiona Honestly, as much as I love her, I'm not sure how much fun Hermione would be on a road trip. She definitely doesn't pack light, (remember the amount of books she packed in the 7th book?) and as awesome as we may find it to have the car weighed down with books, it would probably get old the 50th time you have to dig supplies out from underneath the piles. Really, I'd rather a road trip with all three, since Harry, Ron and Hermione balance each other out so well.


message 43: by Tara (new)

Tara Julia wrote: "Tara wrote: "How could you not take Sam from The Lord of the Rings?!?!? He is the epitome of the traveling companion, and will push you on, even when you want to give up. He would be my #..."

I think that Tolkien viewed him as the hero of the story, if an understated one. All of the high heroics aside, the task couldn't have been done without him. Period. And let's not forget his role in the Scouring of the Shire (not in the movies, but an integral part of the book). Sam Gamgee FTW!!


message 44: by Aysar (new)

Aysar Ibrahim Heramione for sure , smart and witch


message 45: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany Marin Fiona wrote: "Honestly, as much as I love her, I'm not sure how much fun Hermione would be on a road trip. She definitely doesn't pack light, (remember the amount of books she packed in the 7th book?) and as awe..."

But she also had a magic bag so it was light and she always pulled out exactly what she wanted


message 46: by Mar (new)

Mar Oh, Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase... just imagine! Being chased across the country by monsters. My perfect road trip!


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Katy wrote: "Gus McCrae from Lonesome Dove. Fun-loving adventurer that would either protect your or get you killed."

Good one! He's fun.

Also throwing in Hercule Poirot who would be a handy detective on your side traveling with those murderers.


message 48: by Noor (new)

Noor Al-Shanti Tara wrote: "Julia wrote: "Tara wrote: "How could you not take Sam from The Lord of the Rings?!?!? He is the epitome of the traveling companion, and will push you on, even when you want to give up. He..."

I don't know about Tolkien imagining him as the hero. That whole relationship was very much between master (Frodo) and servant (Sam) and so I personally read it as Tolkien portraying Frodo as the hero who -obviously- has to have his servant fawn over him because he -deserves- to be served due to his awesomeness... we read Sam as the hero today because we no longer have that whole class system in place...

But, yes, I totally agree Sam would be a great person to have with you on a trip. Staying with LOTR I would also definitely want to be with either Legolas or Eowyn because they're just awesome and competent and not whiny or entitled.

I also second the vote for Hagrid! Or Charlie Weasley!


message 49: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Imagine being road trip buddies with Michael Vey and the rest of the Electroclan? There would be the danger of being captured by the Elgen everywhere you go and having to save the world from a madman named Hatch, who would fed his enemies to electrified rats alive. On the bright side, the Electroclan has electric powers of their own (handy for keeping your phone charged).


message 50: by Tina (new)

Tina Haigler I would want Robin Goodfellow from the Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman to be with me. Oh boy would that be interesting ;)


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