This week’s Top Ten Tuesday on The Broke and the Bookish is: Top Ten Characters I Wish Would Get Their Own Books. It’s pretty common to come across characters in books that aren’t the focal point of the particular story you’re reading, but daaaaamn do you wish they were.
1. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling
I’d also enjoy reading more about Luna and Neville (preferably together) or Harry parents’ school days, or Professor McGonagall (I have a suspicion that she was quite wild in her youth).
2. Augustus Waters from The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Who doesn’t love Augustus Waters? I mean, really.
3. Rosie from The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
She’s spunky and smart and while I enjoy the unique perspective of the protagonist, I do wonder how she interpreted events.
4. Toby from The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
He’s smart, witty and just so goddamn hilarious. I wasn’t a huge fan of this book overall, but Toby made it worth reading.
5. Tiny from Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green
He’s the character who unites the two Wills, he’s the reason they both try to be better versions of themselves and he is the comic relief.
6. Tiffany from The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
I’ve got a real soft spot for this girl – the book version and as played by Jennifer Lawrence. She’s so beautifully damaged and yet so willing to patiently insinuate herself (in a good way) into Pat’s life so that by the time he realizes he needs her, he already has her.
7. Wren from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I get Cath. I was never quite as anti-social as she was, but there were times when I wanted to be. I get wanting the familiar, being scared of change and of the unknown. But I also get the allure of starting over, cutting loose, allowing yourself to act out of character and be a bit irresponsible.
8. Mr. Darcy from Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding
He seems so remote and unreachable, and vaguely condescending, yet he manages to see something in Bridget worth loving. He’s not my personal cup of tea in a partner – way too much work – but still an interesting character.
9. Fade from the Razorland books by Ann Aguirre
We never really learn that much about his early life or what it was like for him when he lost his parents and ended up joining the Enclave.
10. Margo Roth Spiegelman from Paper Towns by John Green
Let’s just be honest – I didn’t really dig this book. I mean, it’s a John Green book, so it has more than the odd moment of clarity and insight (not to mention humour), but it was also meandery, a bit tedious and in the end a thorough let-down. I didn’t like Margo and certainly didn’t think she was worth such a fuss. That said, we don’t ever really get to know her. I would be interested to know exactly what was going on in her head – might make me like the book a bit better.
I know there are more I’ve missed, so share your picks in the comments!