Top Ten Tuesday – Characters You Wish Would get Their Own Book

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the talented bloggers at “The Broke and the Bookish” It’s a fun topic this week. Lets see what I can come up with…

10 & 9 “Literary Fathers Division”:
Tywin Lannister of A Song of Ice and Fire series
Perhaps too influenced by Charles Dance’s absolutely flawless portrayal in the HBO series, I still would like to read a book of his exploits. Actually there are any number of characters from that series that are whole book-worthy. 🙂 (Ygritte, The Hound, Brienne, etc., etc.)

(Below: Actor Charles Dance – the best on-screen scowls since Clint Eastwood)

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Mr. Bennett from Pride and Prejudice
I’ve always wanted to know his history and how a seemingly sensible man like him could succumb to the charms of that vacuously
annoying Mrs. Bennett. Probably someone has already written a book about this.

8 thru 6 – “Hunger Games Division”:
Haymitch Abernathy
I want to read the story of HIS victory in the Hunger Games and his “fall” afterward – I guess his life follows the traditional “Behind The Music” story arc..,
Caesar Flickerman
Would love a satirical novel of his rise to the top of the entertainment industry in The Capital. Learning more about Effie Trinket old be a bonus too.
(below: Caesar Flickeman in the film version. I just googled “smarm” and found this image)

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President Snow:
A “political biography” titled “Portrait of Evil” or something like that could document his career as a despot…

5. Ellen from Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth
Heck, that book is so long she almost has a full book about her already. Never mind. 🙂

4. The Witches from Shakespeare’s MacBeth
The weird sisters deserve to have their story told. Some work has been done on this front already. I recently picked up a short story anthology where the tales were based on Shakespeare plays or characters. One featured the witches in a darkly comic spoof of scavenger hunts.

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3. Eowyn from The Lord for the Rings trilogy.
I want to read of her childhood, growing up into a kick-ass heroine, and I want to read that she finds happiness with Whatshisname. And I want to picture actress Miranda Otto in my mind’s eye as I’m reading. 🙂

2. Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series
I think this would be a difficult book for someone to write, though. As much as I love her – and I absolutely love her – part of the success of a character such as she likely depends on her being sort of peripheral.

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1. Clarisse McClellan from Fahrenheit 451
What happened to this girl? She disappears in the novel after she kindles the spark of doubt in Montag. Or, I’ve often wondered, does she maybe not exist at all outside of Montag’s mind? Did he hallucinate her to help bring his doubts about the dystopia to the surface? If she’s real, I want to know what happened to her. Did “they” take her away? Does she later escape?

Well, that’s me. Who did – or would – you put on your list of non main characters who deserve a book of their own? Click here to see what lists other Top Ten Tuesday participants have come up with.

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19 Comments

  1. Alex said,

    November 11, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I’m more curious about Faramir than Eowyn (although I’d read her book too). Regarding Mr. Bennett, do you think it’s possible he got her pregnant before they were married?

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    • Jay said,

      November 12, 2014 at 7:42 am

      That’s an interesting idea about Mr. B. I’d always assumed he was perhaps smitten by her looks, but maybe it went farther…

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  2. Cedar Station said,

    November 11, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Wow, Clarisse is a great one. That would be really interesting to read! Great list.

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    • Jay said,

      November 12, 2014 at 7:43 am

      Thanks! I wonder if others have speculated or written about her.

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  3. bendingoverbookwards said,

    November 11, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Tywin would be great- It’s kind of funny to think with so many POV characters, we never get a glimpse into his mind. Although it might end up being a disturbing experience…

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  4. Stephanie said,

    November 11, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Mr. Bennet is a very interesting choice. How did he end up with the Mrs. after all? They have five kids together after all so there had to be some attraction at some point, right? Maybe? Very intrigued by the short story Anthology based on Shakespeare – what’s the name of the collection?

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  5. November 11, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    I love the inclusion of Mr Bennett, great choice! I nearly included the Witches too but went for Gertrude instead!

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    • Jay said,

      November 12, 2014 at 7:49 am

      Hi Cathy,
      Of course we have to get some Shakespeare on these TTT lists when we can. 🙂
      Thanks for visiting!
      -Jay

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  6. Dale said,

    November 11, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I concur that Mr. Bennett would be a fascinating (although potentially sad) story.

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    • Jay said,

      November 12, 2014 at 7:51 am

      Yeah, I always thought we should give him the benefit of the doubt in his choice of Mrs. Bennett, i.e. she must have been really something in her youth. 🙂

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  7. November 11, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Being in Tywin’s head would be quite an interesting (and probably disturbing) experience.

    I agree with your perspective on Luna Lovegood – she is an interesting character, but I think you are right that focusing on her might ruin that.

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    • Jay said,

      November 12, 2014 at 7:53 am

      Yeah, I think some characters are just perfectly-sized for supporting roles. Maybe Luna’s quirkiness would work our nerves if we were around her 24/7. :-). The same might go for Tywin the more I think about it. A dash of his ruthlessness is good and refreshing,but to feel its crushing weight continuously might be too much.

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  8. Tamsin said,

    November 15, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Eowyn is a good pick, and one that I almost included myself. I decided against it both because I felt like I already had enough quasi-feminist choices and because she’s already has such a fleshed-out storyline, but I definitely think a prequel would be interesting.

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  9. November 16, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I would LOVE to read a book about Haymitch. There are so many interesting details dropped about him that we never get to explore.

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    • Jay said,

      November 18, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Hi Kim,
      The books and movies have been so popular I wouldn’t be surprised if there were eventually a prequel about Haymitch – or many other characters from Panem…
      -Jay

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  10. November 17, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    I’d read a political biography if it would be written about President Snow and titled like that 😀 And story from Caesar Flickerman’s pov would be intriguing too!

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    • Jay said,

      November 18, 2014 at 9:10 am

      Hi Henna,
      Thanks for stopping by. The Hunger Games series is rich with characters that “deserve a book of their own.” I saw Finnick, e.g., on a lot of peoples TTT lists.
      -Jay

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