In your own space, tell us who, from one of your fandoms, would you most want to have dinner with (or tea, or a random afternoon visit), And why? This could be a creator, an actor, a costumer, a set designer, a director, a character, a composer, anybody! What would you talk about? What are you dying to know? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.
It would be easy to come up with a list of people I'd love to meet/hang out with, but since this is asking specifically for fandoms, 99% of that list doesn't qualify. So let's look more closely at fandoms I've actually been a part of and see where that takes me.
The obvious fandom is BTVS, but I did a LOT of conventions back in the day and ended up meeting/interacting with a good number of the BtVS people that I like the most. I even had five minutes with Joss Whedon at an LA con where I thoroughly embarrassed myself with my rambling. And the characters? I'm not so sure they'd make my list. Well, maybe S4 Giles. Out of the high school, out of the Council, finding himself with his music and letting himself relax a little. Yeah, I could see myself hanging out with that guy for a few hours, listening to his records, talking about anything and everything.
Then there's Merlin. It would be a no to all the characters, mostly because I don't know what we'd talk about, and probably for the actors, too. I would love to say Tom Hopper, but that man makes me a little tongue-tied so I'd rather not embarrass myself, thank you very much.
I spent over an hour going over other fandoms I've written or read in (I don't really interact in other ways outside of Buffy and Merlin), and I came up with one that's a real stretch. I would LOVE to have dinner with Stephen Sondheim and pick his brain about his creative process. I recently did a top 10 of my favorite musicals, and he's got 3 of the slots. A fourth, Assassins, would've been there, too, if I hadn't limited myself to shows I've seen in their entirety. The reason I say that it's a stretch is only that I haven't read nearly as much fanfic of his works as I have other things. However, I did get a Yuletide gift for something set in West Side Story a few years ago. I figure that makes me enough of a fangirl, right?
Oh, but man, that would be a helluva dinner. He's seen so much and worked with so many people. Even if we ran out of things to talk about in regards to the creative process, I could probably listen to him tell stories from the shows he's done for as long as he's willing to tell them.