Top Ten Tuesday, a concept started by The Broke and the Bookish, is a themed post that connects bloggers to bloggers, bloggers to readers, and readers to readers. Every Tuesday has a special topic, and this Tuesday is Top Ten Characters I’d Like to Check in With. The book/series is over, and I just want to peek in on the “life” I imagine they’re leading years after the story ends.
From the Classics…
Pip from Great Expectations. I mean, really, how do you recover from all that? He’s barely in his twenties and a bunch of psychological crap happened to him thanks to Miss Havisham. // Jane from Jane Eyre. I know she’s happy at the end of the book, but I also want to see her as a mother of a teenage boy, I want to see her as a grandmother. I love her so much! // Hareton from Wuthering Heights. Like Pip, this boy got a whole lot of crap from Heathcliff (he’s Catherine’s nephew, was then adopted and turned into a fieldworker for Heathcliff, and then marries Catherine’s daughter Catherine. Cathy&Heathcliff 2.0, really). Is he okay? Are he and younger Catherine happy?
Honorable mentions: Catherine from Northanger Abbey (Henry Tilney is my favorite, but I do wonder if all of his Educating-Miss-Morland dies away when she’s his wife) and Georgiana from Pride & Prejudice (Death Comes to Pemberley gave me a better glimpse of what might have happened to her, but even still…does she marry happily? Does she have children? Can she live outside of her brother’s shadow?).
Eleanor in Eleanor & Park. Is she okay? What happens next? How are her siblings? I want to see her in college, after college, in her thirties, in her fifties, as a grandmother. // Neryn in Shadowfell. Now that peace was achieved (or at least beginning), what does the rest of her life look like? How does she handle her abilities in her everyday life? // Allyson in Just One Day. I know some of our questions were answered with Just One Night, but I want to know! Does she stay with Willem? Do they build a life together, or do they go their separate ways? And if they separate, who is she with and what is she doing? Is she happy now that she has complete closure? // Katie in The Hallowed Ones. This was kind of answered in The Outside, but she has a lot of issues to grapple with. A glowing Amish girl who managed to ward off the vampire plague now out in the real world (or what’s left of it)…is she okay?
Margaret in The Thirteenth Tale. Seriously, how do you move on from a story like that?! What do you do with your life?! // Hermione in Deathly Hallows. Again, I know we get a glimpse in the epilogue, but I want to see her as a grandmother! What did she accomplish in her lifetime? JKR, you gotta give the Potter Generation something in another 20 years, okay? // Cassie in The Likeness. We get a tiny tiny tiny glimpse in Faithful Place, but I just have to know: does she think about them in that house? Does she wish she was still there, minus the murder? Does she unplug from the outside world when she goes home from work out of habit, now?
Honorable mentions: Karou in Dreams of Gods and Monsters. Now that she and Akiva are finally together, and it’s peaceful, what do you do? How does she live? Is she happy? So many questions for this fantastic character!
Basically, this whole post can be summed up with: are they okay?! This is why I didn’t use my psych degree become a therapist. I get too involved already!
Who do you want to catch up with? What questions do you want answered?