May 3: Top Ten Childhood Characters I’d Love To Revisit As Adults
In terms of “childhood characters” I’ve picked young/teenage characters from books I read before I was eighteen, whose lives I would like to revisit in future novels – come on JKR/Meyer/Collins, hurry up and write me some sequels!!
1. Harry Potter, Hermione Granger & Ron Weasley (Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling)
I’m so excited that we’re getting the opportunity to explore the trio’s lives post-Hogwarts when the play opens in London this summer – I’m going in June and am so excited! And then the book of the play is released in July, so I’ll get to relive the magic again and again.
2. Peter Pevensie (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis)
Whilst my favourite Narnia character might be slightly boring, I love how loyal and brave Peter is (although having only read the stated book in this seven book series, I can’t be sure his future wasn’t addressed – I will get to them someday!)
3. Jacob Black (The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer)
I adore Jacob and I’d love to see how his relationship with Renesmee, Edward and Bella develops throughout his life – plus, is he going to be immortal, because he can control his aging as long as he remains a werewolf, so in theory could be with Renesmee forever?!
4. Charlotte Alice Katherine Enright (The Lottie Project by Jacqueline Wilson)
Who wouldn’t want their initials to spell cake?! This was one of my favourite JW books when I was younger, both because the protagonist and I share a name and because it was partly set in Victorian Britain, which I had been studying and enjoying at school at the time. Lottie was snarky and witty and I just loved her persona – I think she’d be like Jennifer Lawrence as an adult.
5. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)
Speaking of JLaw, I’d love to see how Katniss lives her life post-rebellion: something tells me she would be suffering from a huge amount of PTSD. It would be really interesting to read about her life with her family and how Panem evolved following the revolution.
6. Jo, Bessie & Fanny (The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton)
One of the first books I can remember reading as a child was The Faraway Tree. I loved every adventure the trio had and the mischief they caused, even though I can remember that some lands scared my five-year-old self. I honestly believe that this was the book that sparked my love of fantasy fiction, within a realistic setting.
7. Alex Rider (Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz)
I only read the first six books (I believe there are now a total of ten) so I don’t know how Alex’s life progressed following his first six missions – one day I will find out, no spoilers please – but it would be really fun to see if he continued in his field of work or if he settled down with a family of his own.
8. Tracy Beaker (The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson)
Another of my favourite JW books followed Tracy and her life in care: despite the sometimes sombre setting, the stories were filled with fun and adventure. I’d love to know how her ‘happily ever after’ came about, and what she did with her life into adulthood.
9. Charlie Bucket (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl)
As a character, Charlie is one of my favourites of all time: he is unassuming, loyal and caring (a true Hufflepuff – does anyone else do that, sorting fictional characters into Hogwarts houses?) I’d love to read about his adventures owning the chocolate factory as an adult.
10. Georgia Nicholson (Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison)
Whilst I dislike Georgia as a character, I’d like to see the person she became. She must mature, stop using ridiculously childish phrases and realise that to succeed in life you have to work hard: whatever it is, I want to know.
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