Top Ten Tuesday: Where are they now?

nfn tttWelcome 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:

jellicoe road cover1. Taylor Markham from Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

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.

great expectations cover2. Pip from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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!

paper towns cover3. Margo from Paper Towns by John Green

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!

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger conver4. Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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!

the great gatsby cover5. Nick Carraway from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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!

tfios6. Hazel from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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.

eleanor and park cover7. Eleanor and Park from Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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.

the goldfinch cover8. Theo from The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt 

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!

beloved cover9. Denver from Beloved by Toni Morrison

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.

lord of the rings cover10. Frodo from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

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!

Yours,

HOLLY

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15 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Where are they now?

    1. Oh my goodness, you NEED to read The Fault in Our Stars!!! It’s amazing!! If you haven’t already, I would also recommend reading all of John Green’s other books. My other favorites of his are Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns. All of his books are fantastic!

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    1. Gandalf would have been a great addition- good idea! He’s so mysterious, and it would be really cool to find out where he went every time he disappeared and then came back just in time to save the fellowship/troop of dwarves (in the Hobbit). Oh, those crazy wizards!

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    1. I feel the same way! His situation is really quite sad when you think about it, especially since in the end he sails away and doesn’t even feel right living there anymore. Such a bittersweet ending!

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  1. I didn’t even think of Pip but now that you mention it, it does seem like the end for him was almost too good compared to everything else that happened.
    Thanks for sharing!

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