Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters Who Should Get Their Own Books

Each week, The Broke and the Bookish hosts Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly booking meme. This week we’re talking about characters that we wish had their own books. Sometimes, there are characters who are intriguing, no matter that they aren’t supposed to be the focus of the story–Bertha Rochester, The Wicked Witch of the West, and Grendel come to mind as characters so large that they couldn’t be contained in the single text in which they were born, not content as plot points in someone else’s story. And some of them have gotten their own books (Wide Sargasso SeaWicked, and Grendel respectively for the aforementioned). Others, though, are still waiting. Here are 10 I’d like to read:

1. Susan Pevensie, The Chronicles of Narnia

I’ve always been sad about Susan. And I want to know what happened to her.

2. Eowyn, The Lord of the Rings

Tolkien’s fantasy world isn’t devoid of women, but we don’t see many of them. We do see Eowyn, though…We just don’t see her very often.

3. Haymitch Abernathy, The Hunger Games

He’s a mixture of all sorts of things, and he’s easily the most enigmatic of the adults in the series.

4. Dolphus Raymond, To Kill a Mockingbird

The man that everyone thinks is the town drunk is really just carrying around a Coca-Cola in a paper bag, allowing them to have their drunk and him to—what? I want to know more about this guy who just doesn’t care.

5. Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter series

Luna is adorable and clever and perceptive, and dammit, we just don’t see enough of her in the series!

6. The Cheshire Cat, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 

What does he do when he’s not in Wonderland? Where does he go when he disappears? Who is he? I have all sorts of questions about this cat.

7. Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock Holmes series

He just doesn’t get much explaining in the books–he’s only in 4 or 5 of the stories, really—-and I think that’s quite a shame. In the new show, he’s fantastically rendered by Moffat and Co. Time for a book.

8. The Artful Dodger, Oliver Twist

I have a beagle named Dodger, mostly because he reminded me of the pup from Oliver and Company, the Disney version of Dickens’s novel. And I’ve been fascinated by the Artful Dodger since I watched that film when I was a child, then even more so when I read him on the page. He deserves his own story.

9. Becky Thatcher, Tom Sawyer

Twain didn’t do a lot of talking about girls, and when he did, it was often to ridicule the ways they were made to behave like ladies or to lampoon aristocratic senses of femininity. But Becky Thatcher shines, and she needs more room to do so.

10. Jaquen, A Song of Ice and Fire

There’s something just fantastic about the faceless man.

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    1. I wish I could say that I came up with it, but it’s from brokeandbookish.com’s Top Ten Tuesday list. It was definitely a fun list to write.

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  1. What a fun list! I would love to read more about lots of these secondary characters. If you’ve never read any of Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next books, I think you’d really enjoy the, He does a hilarious job of giving alternate backstories and adventures to classic characters – including the Cheshire Cat.

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  2. I’d like to see Molly Carpenter from the Dresden Files. Butcher has written a few short stories from the point of view of minor or side characters, and they’re some of the best characterizations in the series.

    I’m now very troubled by the idea of where the Cheshire Cat goes when it disappears.

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    1. hahaha…It’s a conundrum, is it not?

      And you may be absolutely right about Molly from the Dresden Files–they’re something that I Haven’t had a chance to get into yet, but I absolutely want to when I have a bit more time.

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  3. I was thinking of including both Eowyn and the Artful Dodger, but ultimately decided against it for the sake of diversity (since I had already included, respectively, several quasi-feminist characters and a Dickens novel). Glad to see someone else included them! And Dolphus Raymond is a great choice that I never even considered!

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    1. 🙂 I just decided to make the list off the cuff, which means mine is a bit girl character and children’s book heavy, as those are what I study and read most of. 🙂

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    1. I almost decided on Hermione, but she does show up a lot in the Harry Potter books—I was trying to stick with minor characters, and I think Hermione is a major character. She’s fantastic, though.

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    2. I think Hermione makes almost as good a main character as Harry already. Harry is, weirdly, the jock of his class. Hermione’s the brains, and her plans and know-how push the story along so Harry doesn’t get killed, much.

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    1. Jaquen is really a fascinating guy. I haven’t made it all the way through the SoIaF books yet, but I know he doesn’t get much book time, and that makes me sad.

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  4. I want to know what happened to Susan too. There is ‘The Problem with Susan’ by Neil Gaiman which is quite weird and disturbing but I did actually really like it. Haymitch! That’s a good idea too!

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    1. I almost chose Finnick, but Haymitch won out for me.

      And oh, Mycroft. I’d thought so little about him until the wonderful Moffat version of the character and the merging of Mycroft/Irene Adler in Elementary. I almost chose Irene Adler, but Mycroft has the advantage of being Sherlock’s sibling, and I’m infinitely curious about his family.

      There were a lot of other characters that might’ve made this list but already have books written about them!

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      1. I think the Moffat version of Mycroft is absolutely wonderful. I would love a book in which Mycroft was like that. I haven’t watched Elementary, but the fact that Mycroft and Irene are merged makes me intrigued.

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