Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters You’d Like To Check In With
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This week’s topic: Top Ten Characters You’d Like To Check In With
With a little clarification quoted from the site:
Top Ten Characters You’d Like To Check In With (meaning, the book or series is over and you so just wish you could peek in on the “life” you imagine they are leading years down the line after the story ends). Does this prompt make sense?? It makes sense in my head! Let me know and I can clarify haha
I did something a little different with my picks. All my picks feature couples, would-be couples, friends, families, and people whose lives have shaped by one person even if they don’t know one another (but I feel they will soon). I have an interest in learning to what happened to them as a duo or how their lives may eventually converge.
NONE OF THESE ARE PARTICULARLY SPOILERISH, BUT I WILL THROW UP A SPOILER WARNING JUST IN CASE SINCE THIS TOPIC DOES DEAL WITH CHARACTERS AFTER THEIR STORIES END!
George and Heather from the Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin. What I loved about the love story in this book is that it didn’t overshadow the story taking place. Heather serves as more than just the love interest in George’s story, and their romance is unconventional and cautious. In fact, romance may be a strong word to even call what happens between those two. The way this book ended made me hopeful for the Heather and George romance, and it made me wonder, “Where are they now?”
Oskar and Eli from Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. This is another very unconventional friendship/almost-romance between a young vampire named Eli and a young boy named, Oskar. This is a very dark and uncomfortable story. When I first read it I hailed it as one of the best vampire stories I’d read in years because it didn’t even try to be pretty. Oskar and Eli’s love/friendship is based on a very symbiotic premise, but it’s also dangerous for both parties, and my mind run wilds thinking about the trouble they’re likely getting into, but how they do really care for one another in their twisted way.
Kim and Alana from Tamara Vardomskaya’s Acrobatic Duality, which is about a pair of acrobatic partner who are perfectly matched in gymnastics, but they have a secret. Their bodies belonged to to two other people, but they can actually remember being one conscious person at some point. Their thoughts are shared. They always know what the other is thinking or going to do. No one will be honest with them about, but by the end of the story Kim and Alana have decided they will not continue the charade. I find myself wondering if they were able to finally become individuals, if they found out more about the girl they used to be, if they find out about the girls whose bodies they possess. This was a Tor short story that can be read for free on the site or via Kindle.
Kirsten Raymonde and Jeevan Chaudhary from Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. These two don’t know each other personally, but the night Arthur Leander died, Jeevan was the man who consoled Kirsten who was just a child at the time. In the post-flu ravaged world, their footsteps seem to be bringing them closer and closer after twenty years. Part of me knows they may never actually meet again, but they’re so close to that point that it could happen, and despite Kirsten being young when the flu first happened she holds many memories about that particular moment.
Logan and Baby Banner from Mark Millar’s Old Man Logan. This takes place in an alternate Marvel timeline fifty years in the future. The supervillains formed a coup putting aside their differences and masterfully executing a plan that leaves many of the world’s superheroes dead. The ones who do manage to survive go into hiding to survive. There’s one exception to this story—Logan. He doesn’t live in hiding, and he’s taken a vow to never unsheathe his claws again, which we know doesn’t happen. The Hulk was one deciding factor in the war, and he sided with the villains. After a series of events that leads to Logan having to face down the Banners including Hulk, She-Hulk, and their offspring. Logan leaves one alive–the baby. Who he straps to his back and decides they’re about to make a better future. Very bittersweet. (Note: Just read they’re expected to publish another book for this which had been rumored on and off for years in 2016. I’m excited, but scared that it’s going to ruin what I loved about this comic.)