Another Tuesday, another Top Ten. As if you didn’t already know, this is part of a weekly meme put out by The Broke and The Bookish. Once you’ve perused my list, head over to the original post and check out the lists of other participants. Heck, you can even write your own list and add your link to the linky! Hot diggity dog! This week’s theme: Top Ten Characters You’d Like to Check-In With (meaning the book is over, but you’d like to check up on this character to see what’s going on in his/her life once the events of the story are resolved). *Spoilers ahead! Read at your own risk!
- Hermione Granger (Harry Potter series) — I tried to avoid just listing all the characters from Harry Potter, because I want to check in with everyone, but I couldn’t resist listing my girl Hermione. First, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this, I absolutely NEED to know what happened regarding her parents. I also want to know all about her professional life at the ministry. AND I want to know what kind of mother she is (I know she’d be great, but I’m just curious.) I just. Need. To know! I can’t handle life without Hermione, guys. I love her.
- Montague & Capulet (Romeo and Juliet) — Yeah, this is two-in-one, but really what is the point of checking in with just one family? Here’s my theory: these families are not going to stay peaceful. Think about it, they’ve been rivals for so long that neither house even really remembers why they’re fighting. Now both of their children are dead. Eventually all that sadness is going to turn into anger. Even if the two heads of the household were able to put aside their differences, do you think everyone in each family/house is going to just forget everything that’s happened over the years? Think of Tybalt. Yes, he’s dead, but there have to be one or two of his cohorts that also hated the opposing house with his level of passion. Same goes for Mercutio’s buddies. I mean, the first scene in the play is a group of servants trying to start shit in broad daylight for NO REASON. That’s not gonna stop overnight. I’ve rambled long enough about this. I just want Bill Shakespeare to return from the grave and write a sequel. I bet you I’m right though.
- Survivors from The Lord of the Flies — A bunch of pre-teen boys who were stranded on an island and killed each other? Yeah, those are some therapy sessions I want to sit on. Just sayin’.
- Elizabeth and William Darcy (Pride and Prejudice) — A classic. There is a lot of media out in the world (sequels, movies, web series, etc.) about this story and what might happen after these two finally get together, but I’d like to know what really happens behind closed doors at Pemberley. Again, let’s resurrect Jane Austen and force her to write a sequel. No? Fine.
- Scarlet O’Hara (Gone with the Wind) — In reality, I just want to follow Scarlet’s life from where the book leaves off to her death bed. I’m sure she still has some antics up her sleeve. How many more husbands will she have? How many dead bodies will she leave along her way? The world may never know…
- Katniss and Peeta (The Hunger Games series) — I still don’t believe that Katniss really cares for Peeta (at least not enough to marry and procreate with him) so I just wanna know what their life is like. It must be so awkward in that house.
- Lydia Bennet (Pride and Prejudice) — Speaking of awkward households… Her marriage and home life must be so strained. Will she ever truly know what she put her family through? Will she see Wickham’s true colors? When will Lydia grow the heck up already?
- Liesel Meminger (The Book Thief) — We do get a bit of an epilogue about dear little Liesel at the end of this book, but I wanna meet her new family and see her life after the war.
- Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter series) — Nothing specific really that I want to know about Luna’s life after The Battle of Hogwarts, but I could read about Luna forever. More books!
- Hazel Grace Lancaster (The Fault in Our Stars) — I got into a bit of a debate with J about this. I asked him for input on this list because I was stumped for a bit and he said “Hazel’s parents.” I calmly reminded him that Hazel is not dead at the end of the book, so clearly he meant that he’d like to check-in with Hazel. Then he goes on to say that he’s pretty sure that she dies shortly after the events of the novel. *crickets* …WHAT. So then we got into a spirited debate about that. For the record, I acknowledge the reality of her health and whatnot, but I think she’s got at least a few more years left. And I want to see them. And then, sure, we can check-in with her parents too.
Honorable mentions: (I know, how much more can I blather on?) After J and I were done arguing about Hazel, he mentioned a couple other characters that I had forgotten so I thought I’d just give them a quick mention here. First is the Baudelaire children from A Series of Unfortunate Events. I don’t think they require too much explanation. Second is Rain from Out of Oz, which is the last book of the Wicked series. I think the second and third books of that series were a little…meh, but Out of Oz brought it back (for me) and wrapped things up pretty well. Unfortunately, it ends with a bit of a cliffhanger and I wanna know what happens!
I didn’t realize how much I had to say about this list, but I hope you enjoyed it! Don’t forget to write your own and share it via the original post’s link-up! Happy reading!