OK, so you’re throwing a small, intimate dinner party; half-a-dozen’s a good number, don’t you think? So pick five women you’d have as your dinner guests, weather it be based of wit, charm, style or the great stories they have to tell.
1 & 2. Lucky Santangelo and Venus Maria from Jackie Collins’s series colloquially known as the Santangelo series. OK, it’s definitely cheating to have two women from the same universe, but Lucky and Venus have been best friends for thirty years. Not only would it be mean to invite only one, but they’re likely to neither go if one is snubbed. Venus is an expy of Madonna – controversial, envelope-pushing singer/songwriter/actress still going strong at forty-plus, and Lucky builds empires the way most of us buy cars; that is, several in a lifetime. She’s been a property tycoon, shipping magnate, boss of a Hollywood studio that produces smart movies featuring strong women.
3. Phryne Fisher from Kerry Greenwood’s series. She’s intelligent, stylish and makes a routine job out of out-smarting the Victorian Police Department.
4. Inara from Firefly/Serenity. Glamorous, intelligent and without the slightest bit of snobbery in her; she’s good friends with women like Zoe and Kaylee who would be considered ‘beneath’ her. Why, I don’t know. I would have invited them both, except I was already cheating with Lucky and Venus, and besides, I wanted…
5. Darla from Buffy/Angel. OK, so she might be inclined to see us as dinner, but can you imagine the stories she has to tell? The people she’s met, the history she’s seen? So, how did you start that Russian Revolution…?
OK, so I’d probably be acting bartender/cook/maid to these awesome, glamorous, intelligent women, but still, I’d get to boast that I had them at my dinner party…