Top Ten Tuesday

Posted November 11, 2014 by in General / 28 Comments

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt from The Broke and the Bookish is “top ten characters you wish would get their own book”.

  1. Verity Farseer (Realm of the Elderlings, Robin Hobb). Or maybe his wife, Kettricken. Either way, they’re both great characters, I love the idea of “Sacrifice”, and I wish we’d seen more of Verity being awesome. I don’t think there’s really space for a Verity book in the series, and arguably his crowning achievements are in the Fitz books anyway, but for dreaming about, there’s all the time before Fitz is born, or the time Verity spends alone in the mountains before Fitz and company catch up.
  2. Faramir (Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien). I had the biggest literary crush on Faramir; I think he’s one of the strongest characters we see in Middle-earth. He’s as worthy as Aragorn in his way — both consciously resist the Ring — and he had pretty short shift from his father. He deserves more!
  3. Jane Drew (The Dark is Rising, Susan Cooper). Arguably Greenwitch is her book, but it’s so short! She’s the only girl in the Six, and it’d be great to see more of her.
  4. Susan Pevensie (The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis). She deserved more than being dismissed as too interested in “lipsticks and nylons”. As of The Last Battle, she’s still alive and there’s room for redemption or reinterpretation of what’s going on with her. I don’t think Lewis could ever have really handled her with subtlety, but you can dream…
  5. Ysanne (The Fionavar Tapestry, Guy Gavriel Kay). We only briefly see what Ysanne is like and get hints of her history. A story set entirely within Fionavar that ties up some of that would be lovely.
  6. Mel (Sunshine, Robin McKinley). There’s so much mystery around that character that was never resolved. It adds an interesting background to Sunshine, but I think everyone wants to know more about him.
  7. Jasper (A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula Le Guin). He’s just a plot element, really, to set Ged on his path. He vanishes out of the story and we never really know why he leaves Roke, whether he ever gains some redemption. He’s presented a little too simplistically — I want to know more, even though he’s not a pleasant character.
  8. Calcifer (Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones). Because Calcifer.
  9. Anafiel Delaunay de Montrève (Kushiel’s Dart, Jacqueline Carey). We know a little about his past, and enough about him to sketch in what we need to know, but I’d like to get to know the character close-up, rather than through Phèdre’s eyes.
  10. Prim (The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins). We see her through Katniss’ eyes, but it’d be fun to know what Prim’s thinking, what drives her — what little rebellions are in her, against Katniss and for her, as they’re growing up and Katniss is doing all this self-sacrificing. She’s presented as pretty much totally cute, but there’s gotta be more complex things going on.

What about you guys?

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28 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday

  1. Cait

    OH YES to Prim! That would be amazing…and horrible and sad, but I’d love to know what her life was like watching her sister nearly die when it should’ve been her. o.O That would’ve been so hard to live with.
    And I’m still furious at CS Lewis for how he handled Susan. I think it was so dismissive and kind of mean. I still love Susan almost the most!!
    Thanks for stopping by @ Notebook Sisters!

    • It would definitely be a heartwrenching one!

      And yeah, agreed. I just hold on to the realisation that Susan’s not dead, unlike the others, so she’s got time to turn things around. Also, I’m trying to remember now if Aslan ever says anything about her, or if it’s just the others’ judgement…

  2. majoline

    I wholeheartedly agree with Susan and Prim, and I’ve never really thought about Faramir before, but I see your point.

    • I have always adored Faramir. It felt like even Tolkien didn’t give him enough credit. I mean, he doesn’t have Aragorn’s age and experience and ancestry to give him strength, and yet.

  3. I’d be happy to read more about anyone from Sunshine! I really loved that book. And I completely agree about Susan. I really didn’t like The Last Battle, but at least she’s still alive — and I’d bet there’s more to her than the lipstick!

  4. PRIM, PRIM, PRIM, all the way. I’d definitely like to see what she was like – after having such a hard life, watching her sister give herself up for the Hunger Games and so much more.

    Susan was also an amazing character, one of my faves. Okay, it’s only partly because of the archery (I’m obsessed with archery. Anyone who knows me knows that I’ve carved myself my own bows and arrows as well XD) For C.S Lewis to just say that she got interested in lipstick and makeup was kind of shallow. I mean, I WANTED to know more.

    AND CALCIFER <3 <3 *squeals*

    • I think there’d be enough for a Prim novel! There’s all sorts she’d be thinking and feeling and doing while Katniss is away at the Games and being the poster girl for rebellion.

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