8 Book Characters You Wish Could Run for President

Posted by Hayley on November 5, 2016

Election season is almost over in America. Whether you're helping to choose our 45th president or not (hello, reader friends from other countries!), we invite you to take a brief step away from the world of actual politics and enter the world of fictional politics.

We asked on Facebook and Twitter: If you could nominate a fictional book character as president, who would you pick? Your top answers are below. Who would get your vote?

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The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

Potential running mates: Galadriel, Frodo Baggins, Treebeard, Dumbledore (magical crossover edition)

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Potential running mates: Anyone who reminds voters that he is not the Atticus from Go Set a Watchman

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A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

Potential running mates: Tyrion Lannister, Asha/Yara Greyjoy, Drogon the dragon

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The Dark Tower series by Stephen King

Potential running mates: Susan Delgado, Alain Johns, Cuthbert Allgood

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Discworld series by Terry Pratchett

Potential running mates: Leonard of Quirm, Moist von Lipwig, Sam Vimes (against Sam Vimes's wishes)

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Matilda by Roald Dahl

Potential running mates: Miss Honey or Encyclopedia Brown (smarty-pants crossover edition)

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Potential running mates: Veet Voojagig, Tricia/Trillian, Ford Perfect, Marvin the paranoid android

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Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Potential running mates: Luna Lovegood, Professor McGonagall, Harry Potter, Kingsley Shacklebolt

Which book character would win your vote? Let's talk fictional politics in the comments!
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message 1: by Muamer (new)

Muamer I'd vote Gandalf! He'd make Middle-earth great again!!

message 2: by Book (new)

Book Lover I vote hermione granger!

message 3: by Rae (new)

Rae Out of these, Gandalf would probably make the best president/prime minister!

Raymond W Crowley My choice did not make the list. I would love to be able to vote for Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Sr. Of the above group Atticus Finch would be my choice.

message 5: by Inez (new)

Inez (gin_reads) Matilda!

message 6: by Anaya (new)

Anaya Muamer wrote: "I'd vote Gandalf! He'd make Middle-earth great again!!"

Yes and have some pretty cool fireworks on the 4th of july

Laura (Book Scrounger) Aslan. He doesn't even need a running mate.

message 8: by Anaya (new)

Anaya I can't decide, Hermione would probably be at the top of the list but Atticus Finch, Matilda, and Gandalf are pretty cool too

message 9: by Estrella (new)

Estrella Without doubt, I will vote for Atticus Finch, Atticus for president!

message 10: by Nitzan (new)

Nitzan Schwarz Hermione, of course.

message 11: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Hermione with Luna. That oughta be a good presidential pair, if not strange sometimes...

message 12: by Amanda (new)

Amanda all the time...

message 13: by Roberta (new)

Roberta Hermione!

message 14: by Sam (new)

Sam I would vote for Vetinari with Sam Vimes as his running mate (against his wishes as noted)! Of course he would win because "One Man, One Vote"!

message 15: by Riya (new)

Riya I would actually vote for Tyrion and Asha..They would make a more balanced team imo..
Or Nikolai Lantsov from The Grisha Trilogy with Rhys from ACoTar as his running mate!

message 16: by یاسمن (new)

یاسمن GANDALF ^_^

message 17: by Kiasha (new)

Kiasha Can we have an actual vote for fictional president on Goodreads please??? That would be so fun.

message 18: by Angel (new)

Angel Atticus Finch all the way.

message 19: by Daniela (new)

Daniela Gandalf. As much as I love Dany, I am just too afraid of Drogon :)

message 20: by Robin (new)

Robin Atticus Finch

message 21: by Electric (new)

Electric Bubbles Man! So many good choices! I love Gandalf and Dumbledore, but also Atticus Finch. I think though that my vote would have to go with Granger and Shacklebolt.

message 22: by Christi (new)

Christi Roland. Hands down.

message 23: by Hallie (new)

Hallie I vote for Hermione Granger!

message 24: by Dani (new)

Dani Hermione for real!

Armin (on semi hiatus) Atticus Finch

message 26: by Emma (new)

Emma Larsson Hermione all the way

message 27: by Rui (new)

Rui Mateus Oh please. Some don't even have to run for president, the job is just given to them: Siuan Sanche, Egwene al'Vere, Cadsuane Melaidhrin.

But, in this list, I'd vote for Gandalf

message 28: by [deleted user] (new)

Hermione, probably. Gandalf's pretty cool, but he might be at risk of getting all "YOU SHALL NOT PASS" to foreign immigrants.

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Riya Nair wrote: "I would actually vote for Tyrion and Asha..They would make a more balanced team imo..
Or Nikolai Lantsov from The Grisha Trilogy with Rhys from ACoTar as his running mate!"

Oh yisssss, that would be fabtabulous

message 30: by Arwen56 (new)

Arwen56 Atticus Finch

message 31: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Hermione Granger definitely :)

message 32: by Spruce (new)

Spruce Laura wrote: "Aslan. He doesn't even need a running mate."


message 33: by Amaryllis (new)

Amaryllis Hermione & Mathilda!!

message 34: by Daimarelys (new)

Daimarelys Gandalf , for sure.

message 35: by [deleted user] (new)

I'd vote for Gandalf. Haha

message 36: by Morgan (new)

Morgan Where is Cthulhu?

message 37: by Mayank (last edited Nov 05, 2016 10:17AM) (new)

Mayank Vyas Though not on the list but i guess Kvothe from The KingKiller Chronicles

message 38: by Daily Daydreamer (new)

Daily Daydreamer HERMIONE GRANGER!!!!!

message 39: by Gene (new)

Gene Borowski Holmes & Watson in 2020

message 40: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Now these are the candidates we all deserve! Atticus and Matilda are great but I'll have to go with the Granger-Shacklebolt team.

message 41: by Jason (new)

Jason I nominate Patrick Bateman from American Psycho

message 42: by WendyB (new)

WendyB Special Agent Aloysius X.L. Pendergast from the Preston/Child series would be an interesting choice.

message 43: by [deleted user] (new)

Wait... Kakashi Hatake from Naruto (its a manga, but still...

message 44: by Effie (she-her) (new)

Effie (she-her) Roland Deschain <3

message 45: by Christie (new)

Christie Powell Too bad only one of them is a US citizen, but if we're making allowances for fictionality I suppose we can make more for nationality and age.

message 46: by Courtney (new)

Courtney Walker Amanda wrote: "Hermione with Luna. That oughta be a good presidential pair, if not strange sometimes..."

I agree!

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message 48: by Andreas (new)

Andreas Paul Atreides for president, y'all!

message 49: by Nicholas (new)

Nicholas Halt the ranger

message 50: by Laura (new)

Laura Guilbault Oh yeah, Hermione!

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