I haven't done a Top Ten Tuesday in a really, really, long time. But I saw this week's topic and it really connected with me. How many times have you read a book and imagined what life was like for the character after the story's end? I know I have. Sometimes I wonder if we'll ever find out.I certainly didn't know there would be a sequel (or two) to Oryx and Crake when I first read it. Margaret Atwood isn't known for writing trilogies, but I'm so glad she created MaddAddam. I didn't think there would be books after Wicked either (and I still have to read them). Sometimes that hope to know what happens to the lives of our favourite characters is fulfilled, but most of the time, nope, we don't get to know.
Here are my top ten characters I'd like to check in with - in no particular order:
1. Offred from The Handmaid's Tale - Never going to happen, because the ending is perfect, but I still wish I knew what happened to her.
2. Roland from The Dark Tower series - I will try not to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read the whole series, but I want to know if Roland breaks the cycle.
3. Harry Potter - Harry Potter!
4. Laila from A Thousand Splendid Suns - Did her life turn out okay? It seemed like it would, but after such a difficult beginning, I'd like to make sure.
5. Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird - ... Oh wait....
6. Del from Lives of Girls and Women - I just want to know.
7. Lena from the Delirium series - That ending! Come on!
8. David & Tell Ullman from The Demonologist - That ending! Come on!
9. The Baudelaires from A Series of Unfortunate Events - Who do they become when they grow up? (Do they grow up?)
10. The Time Traveler from The Time Machine - Where does he end up?
I refrained from including any series that I know has another book out or coming out that I haven't read yet. As much as I wanted to include Blue Sargent (from The Raven Cycle) or Betsy Taylor (from Undead), I didn't, because there are books to read and maybe once I reach the conclusions of these series I won't be wondering (I know what happens to MaddAddam's Toby and Katniss from The Hunger Games). These are all characters that still capture my imagination. Who do you wonder about you close the book?