Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week the topic is a really fun one: Top Ten Characters You’d Like to Check In With. These are characters that you’d like to have a conversation with long after the book ended to see where they are now and what they have done with their lives- at least, that’s how I view this prompt! Here are my picks, in no particular order:
Taylor has such a rough time in the beginning of this story, but by the end things are finally starting to fall into place for her. I’d love to see what she ends up doing with her life, how her relationship with Jonah Griggs is, and how she is holding up emotionally. I have a feeling she’s doing just fine, but it would still be lovely to talk to her.
The ending of this classic novel is very different from what I expected it to be, and it would be very interesting to see if Pip’s new relationship lasts. It seemed too happy and perfect for the story, especially considering the bittersweet tone of the rest of the novel. Is Pip finally happy with his life? I hope so!
Margo is such an enigmatic girl. I can sort of understanding her reasoning at the end of Paper Towns, but not completely. What she did was sort of selfish and didn’t really make sense. I’d love to sit and chat with her about why she did what she did, if she regretted it, and what her plans were for the future. I’ve read this book several times, but I still have a lot questions!
I’ve read this novel twice now, and each time I read it I’m filled with a desire to know what happens to Holden Caulfield after the last page. Does he receive the help he clearly needs? Does he meet a girl and fall in love? Is he happy? What does he end up doing for a job? I have so many questions for poor, misunderstood Holden, and I would love to hear his answers!
Nick Carraway is quite an extra wheel in this novel, but he is nevertheless greatly impacted by Gatsby and the events his infatuation with Daisy lead to. What does he end up doing with his life? Does he ever regret meeting Gatsby, or does he miss his companionship? How does he feel about the Buchanans? So many questions!
This one has always lingered in the back of my mind, and I think it would be so interesting to find out what Hazel ends up doing with her life after everything that happens. I think she has incredible potential as an intelligent, independent, down-to-earth young woman, and I hope that she finds happiness again.
I won’t spoil the ending of this novel for you in case you haven’t read it, but let’s just say that it’s definitely a cliffhanger! Most books in this genre end with a more defined ending, but this one really took me by surprise. I would love to find out what Eleanor and Park do in the future and what happens with their relationship.
Theo makes some crazy decisions in this novel that I really disagree with, and I would love to talk to him and figure out his motivations for making them. His life is filled with twists and turns, and I think it would be really interesting to see if they continued after the story ended. Has he lived a calm life since then, or has he experienced even more ups and downs? It would be a fascinating conversation, that’s for sure!
Throughout this novel I couldn’t help feeling bad for Denver, because she was the victim of her mother’s terribly haunting experiences and memories. Not only was she just a child, but she hardly knew anything of the outside world because she wasn’t allowed to interact with many other people. Our conversation would indeed be a serious and sorrowful one, but I can’t help but think that it would be a bit hopeful as well.
I just had to include this trilogy somehow because I love it so very much! I think that any of the characters in this epic story would be wonderful to chat with, but I’d particularly like to have a conversation with Frodo. He went through so much to get the Ring to Mount Doom, and I’d love to hear about any of the adventures he had after he returned to the Shire.
Writing this post has made me realize what a strong connection we form with fictional characters. We feel as though we’ve known them all our lives, like they are friends we haven’t spoken to in quite some time. I think that’s part of the power and beauty of reading, and I wish that more people would appreciate such a wonderful aspect of literature- and all forms of storytelling, for that matter.
What do you think of my list? Which fictional characters would you like to check in with? Let me know in the comments section below!