Stuff and Nonsense: Top 10 Tuesday: Characters Who Deserve Their Own Books


Top 10 Tuesday: Characters Who Deserve Their Own Books

For this week's Top Ten Tuesday, we're talking about the characters we wish would get their own books. I thought I'd have no trouble compiling a list, but the more I thought about it, the shorter the list became!

  1. Lolita from Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. The novel ends with her at seventeen, pregnant and married to a man entirely ignorant of her childhood. What happens to her? To her marriage? To her child? What story does she tell herself about her childhood? (I want this book to exist and yet am also completely creeped out by the idea of it).
  2. Mary Bennet from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. While Mary frequently comes across as an awful prig, the novel suggests she mellows a bit after her older sisters marry and leave home. I wonder if she should would mellow even more if exposed to society greater than that of Meryton by, say, visiting with Aunt and Uncle Gardiner in London? I’m not talking about a duck becoming a swan ... I just want to know she gained a smattering of “genius and taste” and found happiness with other ducks.
  3. Priscilla Grant from L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Avonlea. Clever, smart, lovely Priscilla married a Japanese missionary and moved to Japan sometime before Anne’s wedding ... I’d love to know what her life was like. “You should have seen the foreign missionary Priscilla married. He was as handsome and inscrutable as those daydreams we once planned to marry ourselves, Diana; he was the best dressed man I ever met, and he raved over Priscilla's 'ethereal, golden beauty.' But of course there are no cannibals in Japan."
  4. Susan Pevensie from C.S. Lewi’s Narnia series. Really, Susan deserves better than the casual and rather snotty dismissal she receives in Lewis’ books -- a woman should be able to take unrepentant pleasure in lipstick and nylons (and the adult sexuality they’re used as shorthand for) and still be worthy of Aslan’s Country. I really recommend fans of Narnia read Neil Gaiman’s short story, “The Problem of Susan,” which is an answer of sorts … but not, frankly, happy enough to have done right by Susan!

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