Top Ten Tuesday. The glory days. I haven’t participated since 2011, so it’s high time I rejoin this event created by The Broke and the Bookish. You can read more about Top Ten Tuesday and its previous topics here.
Up this week: Top Ten Characters You’d Like To Check In With
I wasn’t sure where to start with this one. Many of my favorite characters died within the pages of the book/series. Sure, I can ponder the ideas of the afterlife and heaven/hell, but that’s another conversation entirely. For this post, let’s focus on the living. Also, please note that there are spoilers in my list. In no particular order…
1. Kathy, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
If ever there was a character I just wanted to hold, it was Kathy. Ishiguro knows how to stick it where it hurts with the feels, and he accomplished this multiple times with Never Let Me Go. With her two closest friends “expired,” Kathy is left to continue life as a carer, and after that there is no resolve. What becomes of her isn’t clear. She gets to live where he friends don’t, but what kind of life is that when everyone you care about is gone and you have no ultimate control over your life? Perhaps she really had no time considering it was all designed for her. I don’t expect a happy ending for dear Kathy, but I’d still like to hear more than what was given. I’d like to hope she got something for herself that was real.
2. Margo Dunne, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
While Amy Elliott Dunne had her own (questionable) form of strength, Margo held it all together with a single look. Perhaps her point never got across (or the several points, rather), but her brother Nick would have been utterly lost without her. It’s never clear what happens to the unhappily married couple at the end, but I can only imagine Margo didn’t take any shit from either of them after Amy’s charades. I’d like to hear all about it over a drink at the bar.
3. Hannah Lee, Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Hannah Lee is the perceptive little sister in Everything I Never Told You. She observes everything going on around her, and these observations drive the novel to its conclusion. She’s the piece of the puzzle that the family doesn’t realize is missing until they open their eyes. I think a lot about the fragile innocence of children and how quickly it can be shattered by adults simply not thinking clearly. She has all the answers where those older come up short. I’d like to meet adult Hannah and see what became of her life after she had more time to heal from the loss of her sister. I’d also like to see what kind of parent she became, provided she took the parenting route.
4. Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
It’s hard to think about characters in the Harry Potter series when the futures I’d care most about involve dead characters. Focusing on the living, I look to Luna Lovegood. She’s the total giving-zero-fucks package, and her future is the most fascinating. Rowling outlined the futures of the main characters, including Luna, but she didn’t get into the details. Luna marries and has twin boys, but I’d love to hear more about her adventures with her husband Rolf and as a Magizoologist. She’s the ultimate badass wrapped up in a quirky exterior. I can’t imagine she experienced a dull day in her life, at least not from what she’d tell you.
5. Pippa, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
I’d like to think that Theo got enough time to tell his story in The Goldfinch, but so much was left unsaid for Pippa. I certainly don’t need a happy ending for everyone, but I’d like one for Pippa. Unrequited love is hard, but that doesn’t make it easier for the person on the other end of the situation. She was a good friend to Theo when and how she could be, and that’s something he needed more than for his romantic feelings to be returned.
6. Haymitch Abernathy, The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Who doesn’t want to know more about Haymitch? I see him being somewhere between drunk and sober. You know, not quite full, but feeling pretty good. And he’s far too brilliant alone, so I hope he doesn’t spoil himself by getting married. Unless it’s to me. I know that’s why he’s got his thumb up.
7. Lady Brett Ashley, The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Lady Brett Ashley is the type of woman who needs to make sure everyone in the room is paying attention to her at her best friend’s party. She’s engaged, but that’s not good enough for her. She needs suitors on top of “the one” to ensure she’ll never run out of options. I’d be curious to find out if she actually ends up with him, and if so, how was the marriage? Many people don’t like Brett because of her mannerisms, but I find her to be rather fascinating. Despite how much she’s disliked, she holds the power, which brings back the debate of whether it’s better to be loved or feared.
8. Jane and Charles Bingley, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Elizabeth and Darcy have their story wrapped up in a bow by the end of Pride and Prejudice, but what about Jane and Bingley?
Okay, obviously there was kissing, but what about the rest of it? I’m sure they’re irrevocably happy and all that (whatever, gross), but I need more. You never get a good sense of what these two will be like in private. They are the ultimate SAP (Socially Awkward Penguin) couple. I need it confirmed that it was just as awkward after the proposals and marriages as it was before, and I mean that in the very best of ways. Everyone enjoys a good others-tried-to-sabotage-us-but-we-prevailed love story.
9. Scout Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I understand that Go Set A Watchman is coming out soon and might answer any question I have about Scout’s future, but that didn’t stop me from bringing it up here anyway. Some might think Scout and Jem were too young to be learning about the injustices of the world at the time, but it makes me all the more curious to find out what became of them after the novels end. Scout had trouble accepting things for what they were, and rightfully so. Her youthful curiosities and rejection of harsh realities makes me hopeful that she went on to fight injustice in later years. I hope she was some form of activist, or in the very least never found comfort in silence when there was so much more to be said.
10. Pammy Buchanan, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
When people think about The Great Gatsby, Pammy Buchanan probably isn’t who comes to mind. Perhaps I wouldn’t want to have a conversation with her years down the road from the time of the novel, but I would want to know what became of her. Was she in any way like her parents, or did she break free from their lavish yet disturbing lifestyle? Did she forever grow up as an item to be shown off by her mother, or was the rift mended? Little Pammy grew up in a rather dysfunctional home, and I can only hope that she broke free from the numbness of her childhood.
Be sure to check back next week for another round of Top Ten Tuesday.
Which character/s would you like to check in with?