Right now I am sitting at school wondering what book to review next. There are a few I could review, including Fangirl, We Were Liars, and a few others. But I’ve decided that I want to participate in Top Ten Tuesday this week because there are so many characters I wish I could check in on now that their written stories are finished. Although the authors’ stories for these characters are completed, they live on in our minds, on our Tumblrs, and on our blogs.
So here are the top characters (or groups of characters) that I wish I could check in with.
1. Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brönte
I must admit that Jane Eyre is my favorite literary heroine. She is strong and independent and smart. Even if she and Mr. Rochester hadn’t been reunited in the end, I’m sure she wouldn’t have crumpled because she couldn’t live without him. Jane Eyre ends with Jane and Mr. Rochester finally being reunited, but I wish I knew what happened after that. Did they finally get married? How is Adele? There are so many things I wish I knew!
2. Harry Potter from the Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
I’m pretty sure that it would be impossible for me to not include this one. Harry Potter was part of my childhood and it is still a part of me today. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ends with the words ‘all was well,’ but was it? Did his scar ever hurt again? What was Albus Severus’s time like at Hogwarts? What happened to all of the Weasleys? I hope that everything went well for Harry and Ginny. Sorry, Harrmoine shippers!
3. Violet, Klaus, & Sunny Baudelaire from The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
I have read The Series of Unfortunate Events’s thirteen books four times in my life and the ending has always felt unfinished. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are still together, but they are floating away on the ocean, still unsure of exactly what VFD is and scared for their futures. Where do they end up? Will people continue to terrorize them wherever they go? Will they ever find VFD and safety? All these questions have haunted me for nearly ten years and I wish I could check in with the Baudelaires.
4. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy from Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
Lizzie comes in right after Jane Eyre in the ‘strong and smart literary heroine’ category. She is amazing and has the same disdain for the ostentatious as I do. And of course, the unsociable and handsome Mr. Darcy will always have a special place in my heart. Any book that continues the story of Lizzie, Darcy, Lydia, Wickham, and the others will always be on my TBR.
5. Hadassah and Marcus from The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers
Hadassah is an incredible character and I wish I could be just like her. She sacrifices for the ones she loves, serves willingly and happily, and loves God above all else. I love these characters and their love story is amazing. Although Hadassah and Marcus do end up together, I wish I knew what happened to them. Were they persecuted? Did they find safety with other Christians? I need to know!
6. Scout and Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Atticus is one of my favorite literary heroes and I wish I knew what happened to Atticus, and to Scout and Jem as they grew older. Did Atticus continue to to practice law? Did the town ever understand that they had convicted an innocent man? Hopefully I won’t have to wait too much longer to find out what happened because of Harper Lee’s new book, Go Set A Watchman.
7. Ramona from the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary
The Ramona books ended when Ramona was only in fifth grade, so there is so much more that could happen or that could have happened. Did Ramona and Beezus ever stop fighting? Did Ramona and Daisy stay friends? Did Ramona and Susan ever get along?
8. Nick Caraway from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Nick Carraway was definitively the best character in The Great Gatsby. He was Fitzgerald’s normative character and he was definitely the most levelheaded of the characters. Even if he encouraged Jay and Daisy by giving them a way of being together, Nick was still the only person who truly cared for Jay and *SPOILERS* was sad when he died. As we can see from the fact that Nick was the only person aside from Owl Eyes that went to Jay’s funeral, no one really knew or was concerned for Jay. They simply wanted to go to parties and enjoy themselves. Jay seemed to be living the American dream, but it was only a front. Did Nick stay in West Egg after Jay died? Did he continue to be a stock broker? Did he ever see Daisy and Tom again?
9. Cather and Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The only contemporary book on this list, Fangirl is a YA book that truly interested me. I read YA but I seldom like it as much as I liked this book. Cath is the perfect representation of the introverted nerd, which I can totally relate to (don’t judge). Levi is smart in his own way and loves Cath for the things that she loves. So my questions are: Did Cath keep writing fan fiction? Did Cath and Levi stay together through college? Did Cath ever come out of her shell more and make more friends?
10. Guy Montag and Clarisse McClellan from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 451 is a book that I read this year and that I finished in less than a week. It was amazing and interesting. But the book ends on a hopeful/hopeless note. So what happened to Guy and the other people that still believed in the power of books? Where happened to Clarisse and her family? Did the rest of the world ever understand the power of words again?
Thanks for reading this post! I loved writing it and there are so many other characters that I wish I could check up with and see what is happening to them now.