I’ve made my own little banner for participating in this event as I seem to only do half the intended amount. I think five is a nice amount to do, especially seeing as I can’t seem to help but write a massive paragraph of exposition after each choice…
Anyway, back to it! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt by The Broke and the Bookish is the challenging…
“Top Ten Characters You Wish Would Get Their OWN Book.”
I tend to accept books as they are and can’t really imagine them any other way, so I wasn’t so good at coming up with characters whose stories would be interesting enough for me to want to read a book about them or from their perspective!
1. Diana, or Cornelia Quarta, Daughters of Rome, Mistress of Rome Series, Kate Quinn
I’m aware we know quite a bit about Diana, and there are some portions of Daughters of Rome that feature from her point of view so she doesn’t fit into this category per se – but it’s my answer so there! – but I’d have loved to read more about her. She was my favourite of the four Cornelias, a ray of clear sunshine through the promiscuous (to be fair, I do love Lollia too…), manipulating, coldness of the rest of them. She just loves her horses. For her to refuse to be married off and to focus on her passion instead in such disapproving times just makes me adore her.
2. Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
This one is quite simple. On reading The Lord of the Rings, I felt like Gandalf was disappearing and coming back later with little or no explanation. He’s gone, and then he’s back with this information or that saving grace and very little is shared, in my personal opinion anyway. I want to know what happened. Where are you going Gandalf? What are you doing? Tell me!
3. Haymitch Abernathy, The Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins
Fine, I’ll just say it. By the time I reached the end of The Hunger Games, I was thoroughly disenchanted with Katniss. I know, I know, she’s been though a lot, and it’s natural that she continually breaks down throughout the final book, but as a reader I just got tired of her sitting in a cupboard crying all the time. I know, I’m harsh. There weren’t many characters that I did like too much by the end. Their world and their war warped them into unlikable people (expect the amazing Finnick. WHY, OH CRUEL WORLD, WHY!) but that is realistic and I actually liked the books more for it. The only one I’d really want to read more about is Haymitch.
Incredibly flawed and suffering grief-and-guilt-ridden alcoholism, Haymitch would be perfect for a prequel. I want to see his Hunger Games. It’s only vaguely described and he’s portrayed as clever and compassionate and I’d like to read about that and his experiences with the Capitol afterwards. We’re told about this seedy underbelly of control that is exerted over Hunger Games victors once they’ve won and I’d like to be shown that too. I want to see his descent into the mess he is when we’re first introduced to him and how that became so.
4. Alba DeTamble, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
Yes, The Time Traveler’s Wife again. I swear I’ll stop banging on about this book soon. I’m maybe cheating a little with this one. Well, not really, as I definitely want to read more about Alba, and have since I read this book in the first place. A time traveling child of Henry and Clare? More heartache and mentions of hanging out with her father in the future? Sign me up anyday. I adored Audrey Niffenegger’s writing and to read more about the universe and characters she’s created would be amazing.
I say I’m cheating because I know for a fact that this book is being written. I can not wait. (Expect to see it mentioned on next weeks Top Ten Tuesday about sequels too. Oh dear, my affair with this book continues).
5. Severus Snape, Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling
Obviously. There were a number of (read: too many) Harry Potter characters that I’d happily read a book about them entirely. Luna Lovegood deserves an honourable mention here, as do all the Marauders (man would I read the crap out of a Marauders-era prequel series) but I felt that I couldn’t populate an entire Top Ten list with Harry Potter characters, so I had to pick just one.
I think after the final is-he-evil-or-isn’t-he reveal in the final book, there was so much potential Snape story uncovered. No longer was he just the bitter, hate-filled old rival of Harry’s father, he was also a weathered soldier, an unbelievably amazing double agent, a devoted romantic and – much like Harry – Dumbledore’s loyal man until the end.
I’d love a book about the events of the Harry Potter series written from Snape’s POV, or a book about his experiences as a spy, or anything that shows us more of that side to him.
So these are the characters that I’d like to see get their own book, either a prequel, sequel or simply a retelling of the current story from their point of view. Do you agree with them? Are there any character’s you’d like to see get their own books? Check out The Broke and Bookish’s post for other people’s (probably more comprehensive) answers to this week’s question!