Characters You Wouldn’t Want to be Stuck in a Lift With (Six for Sunday)

I just found this book tag on Charlotte, Somwhere’s lovely blog and absolutely had to join in. The tag is called ‘Six for Sunday’ and was created by A Little But a Lot. Be sure to check out both of these wonderful blogs and visit A Little But a Lot to see all the upcoming Six for Sunday prompts!

I know what you’re thinking… “don’t you have enough book tags to do each week?”. The answer is yes, I’m probably pushing my limit. But I really couldn’t resist this one, the weekly prompts just sound like too much fun. I probably won’t get around to doing this every Sunday, but I’m going to try my best!

This week’s topic is *drumroll* Six Characters You Wouldn’t Want to be Stuck in a Lift With. I can think of about 100 off the top of my head, so let’s see if I can narrow it down to six.

1. Regan MacNeil
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty (1971)

This obviouslly wasn’t poor Regan’s fault but the main reason I wouldn’t want to be stuck in an elevator with a Pazuzu posessed little girl is the smell. The posession element is obviously extremely unpleasent, but I have a very vivid idea of what both her and her bedroom smelled like. No thanks.

2. HAL 9000
2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke (1968)

I can’t think of anything worse than to be stuck in an elevator with a homocidal robot. If HAL was present he would more than likely be the elevator and I wouldn’t put it past him to consider bringing the elevator up to the top floor and dropping everyone inside to their death. HAL made me suspicious of all technocology and I will never understand why I thought it would be a good idea to buy an Amazon Echo.

3. Gef the Talking Mongoose
Gef! The Strange Tale of an Extra-Special Talking Mongoose by Christopher Josiffe (2017)

Few things would be as irritating than being trapped in an elevator with a trickster spirit that doesn’t like to be seen. He’d probably hang out on the top of the elevator, banging on the ceiling and cackling at the top of his tiny lungs. Gef sounded frustrating enough to be trapped in a house with, I can’t even imagine how irritating he would be in an elevator.

4. Twoflower and The Luggage 
The Colour of Magic (1983) & The Light Fantastic (1986) by Terry Pratchett

I couldn’t choose between them and since the Luggage is loyal to Twoflower he would probably be in the elevator with him anyways. Twoflower would be annoying becuase he would be THRILLED to be stuck in an elevator. He’d probably take a million pictures and be generally way too optomistic about the situation. Meanwhile, the Luggage would be growling and snapping at anyone who go too close to it, which I imagine is difficult to avoid in a small space. Sounds fun.

5. Gollum
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (1954-1956) and The Hobbit (1937) by J.R.R. Tolkien

I must be really worried about this elevator smelling, becuase that’s one of the reasons I wouldn’t want Gollum stuck in there with me. I feel like his raw fish diet would give him a constant dead ocean creature smell. But one of the more crucial reasons I wouldn’t want Gollum in the elevator with me is that he would never. shut. up. I love Gollum’s character, I think he’s one of the most interesting in Tolkien’s novels, but imagine having to listen to him for however long you were trapped in that small space for? I’d also be a bit paranoid about him stealing my jewellery.

6. R. M. Renfield
Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897)

The man ate spiders. He also fed bugs to other bugs and animals and then ate the animal at the top of his weird little food chain so that he could consume as many ‘life-forces’ as possible. I wouldn’t want to be stuck in a gymnasium with this guy let alone a tiny elevator. Any part of Dracula that involved Renfield had me cringing away from the pages the entire time. I’d like to keep him as far away from me as humanly possible.


That was so much fun, I’m looking forward to doing next week’s Six for Sunday prompt! It took me a while to narrow down my selections, but I’m feeling pretty confident that I would never, ever want to be stuck in an lift with any of these beings. What about you? What characters would you personally never want to be stuck with in a lift? Let me know in the comments!

8 thoughts on “Characters You Wouldn’t Want to be Stuck in a Lift With (Six for Sunday)

  1. auroralibrialis says:

    This list is awesome, but will probably give me nightmares. HAL gave me a healthy distrust of technology too – those scenes in 2001: A Space Odyssey are the scariest things I’ve ever read.

    • Ashley says:

      I know! I love the movie but I will never forget how intense the novel was. HAL is a thing of actual nightmares and one of my favourite literary villains ever.

    • Ashley says:

      I think out of everyone on the list TwoFlower would be the most bearable. The Luggage on the other hand… :P. And Gollum would be awful, wouldn’t he? I feel like he would be okay at first becuase he’d be on his best behaviour, and then after a while he’d lose it.

  2. Birgit says:

    I would hate to be in an elevator with Regan..all that vomit..yuck. Gollum would smell and he needs to find better clothing. I would hate to be stuck with that nasty cat loving teacher who basically, tortures Harry Potter. I have read many bios so I would not want to be stuck in an elevator with Joan Crawford as she was crazy nor Loretta Young who was a self-righteous hypocrite.

    • Ashley says:

      Ohh yes Umbridge in Harry Potter. She was the absolute worst. I hated her much more than Voldemort haha. Agreed with Joan Crawford, I don’t think that would be an overly enjoyable situation!

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