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 Sea, Wicked, 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.