Top Ten Characters Who Should Have Their Own Books
Hey y'all!It's Grace here to do Top Ten Tuesday. For those of y’all who have never seen it before, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish. They release a prompt and bloggers round up ten books or points that they feel best exemplifies that prompt. It’s a great way to get some excellent book recs!This week’s prompt? Top Ten Characters Who Should Have Their Own Book.The last Top Ten Tuesday I did was Top Ten Characters I'd Want at My Lunch Table and it's a pretty similar overlap. The characters who deserve their own books have vibrant, memorable personalities and those are the type of people that I'd love having conversations with at lunch. This week, I'm going to try to dig a little deeper and see what characters about whom I'd like to learn more.
Rixon from Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick | Goodreads
Becca Fitzpatrick does a phenomenal job with atmosphere - a quality which allows each of her characters to dominate the page. Whether eerie or malevolent or likable, her characters are all intense in their various qualities. Rixon, a magnetic but malevolent supporting character, was fascinating. Whether he acted as a villain or a friend, I was always glued to pages with his name on them. I think a story focused on Rixon would draw a ton of readers.
River from Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke | Goodreads
I'm still in mourning over this series end. You can read my reviews here and here. I'm upset that it's not a trilogy, so if given the chance, I'd love to go back and learn about previous places in which River has lived, girls he's fallen in love with, people he's "glowed". I think it'd be a fascinating story and he's a strong, complex character - morally ambiguous, charismatic, cultured. Tucholke, please?
Mr. Benedict from The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart | Goodreads
This is also a little bit of cheating because technically, Trenton Lee released a book called Mr. Benedict's Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums, but I loved this series so much. I still make a point to reread it when I can find the time. Mr. Benedict's narcolepsy, evil brother, and past experiences seem like they'd be perfect for an absorbing middle grade read. Especially considering his thoughtful-yet-buoyant personality, it'd be fun to read a book specifically about him. (Note: this description can also be applied to Mr. George from The 13th Reality by James Dashner - maybe they should team up and solve riddles.)
Joe from The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson | Goodreads
Part of the allure of The Sky is Everywhere was Lennie's compelling charm and a vulnerable sense of humanity. Joe - a radiant, likable guy who's one half of the love triangle after Bailey's death - really drew her out of her shell. I would like to read more about him because he was just a completely solid guy. Maybe I should add him to the lunch table list? He's part of the reason I liked The Sky is Everywhere so much.
Jenna from Wither by Lauren DeStefano | Goodreads
Wither is a dystopian society in which the population is dying quickly, with shorter lifespans of about twenty to twenty-five years. Therefore, girls are commonly kidnapped or kept in polygamous households in order to produce heirs for wealthy men. In Wither, Jenna's a sister wife with the main character. Jenna, a previous prostitute who had an interesting relationship with their husband Linden, was an ethereal character with substance. I would have enjoyed seeing her point of view, especially considering the gorgeous imagery Lauren DeStefano could have used in describing the end of her life.
Tsukiko from The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern | Goodreads
Honestly, I could pick any character from The Night Circus - one of my favorite books - and frantically long for a book from his or her perspective. They all come to life with an irrepressible vibrancy, but their shadowed backgrounds and compelling actions mean that they're always shrouded in shreds of mystery. Considering Morganstern's skill for evoking personable but mysterious characters, she could do a magnificent job with a companion novel.
Pippa from This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales | Goodreads
The entire point of This Song Will Save Your Life revolved entirely around Elise's individualism; her quirky charm and loneliness lent a poignancy and a humor to the page. I cannot impress enough how much Elise impressed me as a character. Therefore, with Leila Sales's ability to make each character distinctly human, I would love to see her tackle Pippa. Pippa, an English girl Elise befriended at her first club, had drinking problems and a messy relationship with Char, the DJ. While we were mainly sympathetic to Elise, she made some choices that alienated Pippa and I'd love to see Pippa's side. I love screwed-up characters.
Devyn from Need by Carrie Jones | Goodreads
There's something about books about fae; there's something about their volatile nature that lends a frenzied sort of urgency to the page, as well as lyrical depictions of their mischief. They can be violent and hypnotic, and Need captured that atmosphere with finesse. Devyn was a character who wasn't specifically focused on, but he was nice and had an interesting background. From his paralyzing injury to his strange abilities, Devyn was intriguing. Also, I'm desperate for books from people who can capture moods as well as Carrie Jones can. Spectacular.
Sloane from Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson | Goodreads
After Sloane suddenly disappears, her best friend is shocked and confused. All she has is a bucket list of sorts, for her summer. Things she always wanted to do but was never brave enough to try. Sloane was her anchor, the adventurous one. What she never realized was that Sloane had a history. No spoilers, but that history is what would make a Sloane-focused book so lovely to read. There would have been a nice mix of seriousness and humor.
Jamie from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin | Goodreads
Jamie was a firecracker of a character: the type of wry, hilarious guy who flaunted it when he broke the rules. Considering the unreliable narration of Mara Dyer, I would love to have seen the equally unsteady narration of Jamie as a character. There were a lot of characters in this read that were slightly mentally unstable, and it would have made for a fun companion.That's it! I love love love characters - if you give me a person that I connect with, I will read whatever plot they plod through. There are plenty of supporting characters who keep me intrigued, plenty of whom would have stunning books.Luckily, many of the paranormal series that I enjoyed so much - Vampire Academy, Evernight, Hex Hall, Lament - as well as a few contemporaries have companion novels out or in the works. Many authors are able to explore the worlds that they've created and extend a certain kind of life to the supporting characters who reinforced their original books.