This weeks post, created by The Broke and the Bookish, is all about seeing where my favourite characters are now, following the completion of their stories. If you’ve yet to read or finish the following books or series, please do not read any futher, as there will be spoilers, since this is critical as I am talking about after a book or series has finished: Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games, Cormoran Strike, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Gone Girl
April 7: Top Ten Characters You’d Like To Check In With
(Meaning, the book or series is over and you so just wish you could peek in on the “life” you imagine they are leading years down the line after the story ends). This is an incredibly interesting concept, and whilst some of these responses came easily to me, I had to think seriously about some of the others.
1. Harry Potter (Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling)
I would usually have said Hermione Granger from all of the characters from this global phenomena, but since she works in the Ministry of Magic, working towards better conditions for House Elves, I certainly don’t find that as interesting as Harry’s career as an Auror. It would be so interesting to see which dark wizards emerge following the demise of he-who-must-not-be-named. It would also be amazing to follow his relationship with his children.
2. Jacob Black (Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer)
I find Jacob to be the most real and developed character in the Twilight books; he has obvious flaws, but is passionate about who he is and what he wants out of life. I would love to see how his relationship with Renesmee develops as she grows up, and how they, Bella and Edward interact together.
3. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)
Katniss is a highly developed, strong and motivated character, and whilst I was upset at her choices in the “epilogue” of ‘Mockingjay’, I would love to see how she has come to accept her life with Peeta, and what regrets she has. I think Peeta would be as devoted to her as ever, but I think Katniss would have serious problems adjusting to her new life.
4. Robin Ellacott (Cormoran Strike by Robert Galbraith)
I’m cheating slightly here, but since only two of the Cormoran Strike books have, as yet, been released, I’m dying to know more about Robin. She is the most truly likeable character I’ve read about for a while, and I honestly care about the decisions she makes. It is for this reason that I felt compelled to tweet J.K. Rowling in January the following message:
Unbelievably, I received a reply, and my Twitter went wild (not to mention how much I was fangirling).
Anecdote aside, Robin is to me the adult, less bookish Hermione, and I can’t wait to see where her character development goes.
5. Alba DeTamble-Abshire (The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger)
I’m intrigued by Clare and Henry’s daughter, Alba, a time-traveller, but with the ability to control it in part. I’m curious to see where her ability takes her (literally and metaphorically) in her future, and how her mother copes following her father’s death. Upon research (just to clarify her surname, which I was unable to do), I read a blog post that a sequel about Alba is in the works! Day made.
6. Nick Dunne (Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn)
Ok, Nick was an absolute moron, and at times I hated him, but considering the outcome of the book, I’d love to know how he went about the rest of his life living with a psychopath. Personally I’d like to think he waited until the birth of his child, then kidnapped the baby, leaving psychotic Amy to concoct another evil plan to no doubt reel Nick back in. Whatever happens, it is sure to be interesting.
7. Quentin “Q” Jacobsen (Paper Towns by John Green)
Q was by far the most interesting and relatable character (I thought Margo was just insane), and I’d love to see how his life progressed after that (frankly terrible) conclusion. I’d like to think he moved on, met a nice normal girl and had nice normal children – maybe he had the odd reckless adventure on the side?!
8. Noah Flynn (Girl Online by Zoe Sugg)
Another cheat one here. We’ve all discussed the ghostwriter debate, indeed I wrote an entire post on it, but I can’t wait for more about Noah (Penny I’m less bothered about). I bought into the relationship, which had legitimate love and turmoil. I only hope Noah’s (and Penny’s – probably) fame doesn’t stand in their way – which, lets face it, it will or there wouldn’t be a second novel in the works.
9. Christian Grey (Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James)
Whilst I was content with the resolution of the final book, I’d love to watch how Christian continues to battle his demons as a husband and a father. I’d imagine him as overprotective as ever, but with the best interests of his family at heart. I’d love to watch his interactions with his growing family, and I for one also like to believe Ana brought him closer to his adoptive family as well.
10. Cadence Sinclair (We Were Liars by E. Lockhart)
Creepy as it is, I’d like to see how Cadence dealt with the realisation that the death of her cousins was on her conscience. She has obviously suffered serious mental health problems, but I like to think her family would have offered her the required support to deal with the situation – although if I were one of her aunts, I don’t think I could even look at her again. Yeah, this one’s pretty dark.
I’m not going to lie, I cared less and less about the outcomes of the characters, particularly once I’d finished up with Nick, but this was a very interesting post to write.
Any comments on my choices?
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