TOP TEN TUESDAYS | WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

It feels like forever since I last did this meme. This is a very interesting one. In today’s trend of sequels and trilogies, characters get more than one book to tell their story. But once that story ends, what happens next? Readers are left with hanging sometimes. Authors provide epilogues, yes. Yet, sometimes those are scenes YEARS after the main story. Did Peeta ever get his full memory back? Did Draco Malfoy come to peace with his parents’ parts in the War at Hogwarts? Yes, fan fiction can fill in the blanks but I often wonder what does the author have in his/her mind if ever s/he would want to milk the character further. I love theorizing about headcanon and there are my favorites.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday , Top Ten Characters You’d Like To Check In With (meaning, the book or series is over and you so just wish you could peek in on the “life” you imagine they are leading years down the line after the story ends).

1. Legolas from The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
I know that we have the Appendices… Legolas founded a community in Ithilien, traveled with Gimli, and eventually sailed on with his Dwarven BFF after Aragorn’s death. How about a spin-off about his travels? Did JRR Tolkien have some unfinished writing about our other heroes? And what of Thranduil? Just like with the movies, we need an extended edition to the already vast universe that is Middle-Earth.

2. Hazel Grace from The Fault in Our Stars.
I admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan of TFIOS. But I’m curious to see what happens to Hazel Grace after Gus’ passing. Her health, her overall well-being… did she ever move on and if so, how. John Green has been hinting about the events after TFOIS but unless he goes the James Dashner way and writes a companion piece, we’ll never know.

3.  Jaqen H’ghar from A Clash of Kings.
Valar morghulis. But does that apply to him as well? Was he a “man” – human – to begin with? It would be awesome if he shows up in these next book to help Arya or some other Stark out.

4. Nancy Drew.
All I care about is if and when she ends up with Ned. Duh, I know she will but did they ever get married and have kids. I love their interactions in the books, no matter how subtle it is but I want to see more.

5. Kraft Lawrence and Holo from Spice and Wolf.
If you watched the anime, read the rest of the tale in the light novels. If you read the light novels, the more you’d want a continuation of the story. A flustered Holo is a cute Holo. And Kraft Lawrence is a saint. They fall in love and have their own store and what next? Kids? Yes, please.

6. Haymitch Abernathy from The Hunger Games trilogy.
You can’t just end it with geese. I’m honestly rooting for him and Effie to end up together! I still believe that they do… eventually.

7. The other dwarves from The Hobbit.
This was definitely inspired by the recent panel that I went to at WonderCon.  We know where Gloin, Ori and Balin went and again, the Appendices and Frodo’s conversation with Gloin in Fellowship of the Ring give us an slight idea about the more prominent dwarves like Dwalin. And really, a lot of them weren’t talked about much in The Hobbit but I still want to know what became of them.

8-9. Roy Mustang and Riza Hawkeye from Fullmetal Alchemist manga.
Still counts as a book, yeah? Headcanon says that Hawkeye’s grandfather becomes Fuhrer and vetoes the rule that supervisors can’t date their subordinates. Hawkeye is Mustang’s second in command but anyone with one working eye can tell that they love each other. The animated series hinted about that so much. The only thing missing was someone saying “I love you” outright. FMA ruined me for any other anime. Read it, watch it, do both.

10. Everyone from Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.
This book has the sweetest ending.  And if someone does continue this story, make a movie out of it as well… with the original cast. *wink* (Forgive me. Two Lee Pace-related entries bookmarking this post.)

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