Every week The Broke and the Bookish hosts a fantastic feature called Top Ten Tuesday. I love lists and this week’s theme of “checking in” really spoke to me, as I seem to be feeling rather nostalgic. The ladies and B&B want to know about what characters you’d like to look in on, now that the book or series is over. So here’s my top ten musings about where my favorite characters ended up, in no particular order.
1. Gallowglass from Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy. I feel like Diana and Matthew’s story wrapped up pretty nicely, but I’m dying to know what Gallowglass is doing (and if I can come along). Gallowglass is a smart, sensitive bad boy with tattoos, a motorcycle and immortal life. His story seemed so unfinished at the end of The Book of Life and I’ve heard whisperings that if Harkness picked up the All Souls world again, he might be one of the main characters.
2. Daine and Numair, from Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books. Out of all of Pierce’s Tortallan cast, I feel like their story was the most open to new adventures. Do they ever get married? What are their children like? Does Kitten (the dragon) still live with them? What can Daine do now that she’s even further along her journey as a demi-god? Does she ever see her parents? So many questions.
3. Elnora Comstock from Gene Stratton Porter’s A Girl of the Limberlost. Y’all know this is my favorite book of all time and I would love to know the entire story of Elnora’s life. I feel like she must have grown into such an interesting old woman. What was she like in the 20s? Did she ever cast off convention and start wearing pant in the Limberlost? Sure, I’d like to know what happens to good old Phil, but you know their marriage probably isn’t the most interesting part of whatever happens next for Elnora.
4. Sophie Hatter from Diana Wynne Jones Howl’s Moving Castle books. You get sneak peeks of her later in the series, but I feel like Sophie and Howl are out there having so many wonderful adventures and arguments.
5. Arabella Strange from Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. The most frustrating thing in the world to me about that book is that it isn’t all about Arabella Strange. Seriously, at some point all I cared about was where she went and what happened to her. Supposedly, Clarke may write a sequel, but it’s up in the air and until then, I’m grumpily left wondering.
6. Karou from Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. I felt like those books could have gone on for longer and I would have been very happy.
7. Aeriel and Erin from Meredith Ann Pierce’s The Darkangel Trilogy. Those girls were about to set off on one epic adventure at the end of The Pearl the Soul of the World. I’m dying to know if they’re more than friends and what it takes to put the world back together.
8. Everyone from Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. This is one that I’m happy to imagine in my head, since I dream of joining the circus myself. If Morgenstern ever tells, I’ll certainly read it, but I’m happy with my daydreams.
9. Everyone from Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books that are not Edward and Bella. Seriously, don’t you want to know the entire backstory on Alice? Rosalie? So it’s not exactly that I want to check back in with them to know what they’re doing now, it’s that I want to know about them period.
10. This one breaks my heart a little to say, but it’s been 20 years and I fear Isobelle Carmody is never going to finish the Obernewtyn Chronicles and I love them so much. I will buy the entire series in hardcover the day that Penguin announces The Red Queen’s actual release. It will be one of the sorrows of my life if I never know what happens to Elspeth. OMG, this is making me emotional… Probably best that I’m at 10!
Who would you like to check in with most, if you could?
Allison Carr Waechter is a writer, teacher and tired cat mom. Her Colorado roots leave her in constant, open-mouthed wonder this time of year in Missouri, so if you follow her on Twitter, expect to see a lot of chatter about trees and plants. This cycle repeats in the fall.