Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters Who Deserve Their Own Books


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is about characters we love so much that we’d love to see them star in their own books.

My top 10 are:

1) Young Ian (Ian Murray, Jr.) from the Outlander series by Diana GabaldonIan doesn’t appear until book #3, Voyager, but he instantly makes every scene he’s in simply awesomesauce. Ian is funny and fierce, and one of the big delights of the series is watching Ian grow from gawky teen to… well, I won’t say (spoilers!), but he’s just the best, and I’d happily read a whole book from his point of view.

2) Sirius Black (Harry Potter): I’m not sure what else there is to say about Sirius, but his brief time in the series always broke my my heart, and he remains one of my favorite (and most tragic) book boyfriends.

3) Likewise from Harry Potter, I could never get enough of the Weasley twins or older brothers Bill and Charlie. So how about a story about the Weasley brothers (well, those who remain) after the battle for Hogwarts?

4) Bran Cornick (Mercy Thompson series): Bran is the Marrock, the most powerful werewolf in North America, and I find him to be one of the most fascinating characters in the Mercy-verse. He’s always off to the side, pulling strings, and even though we see much more of him in the Alpha & Omega books, an entire novel centered on Bran would make me very happy indeed.

5) Thomas Raith (Dresden Files): Harry Dresden’s vampire half-brother Thomas brightens up every scene he’s in, and usually my only complaint after finishing a Dresden book is “not enough Thomas”. So let’s get Thomas his own book (Backup, at 70 pages, doesn’t really count) — or better yet, his own series of books.

6) Finnick Odair (The Hunger Games): Okay, I’m not entirely sure I’d want to read a whole book about Finnick — but I do want more of Finnick and Annie’s story than we got in the Hunger Games books.

7) Kate and Elliot (50 Shades): Yes, I read the books! (hiding under rock…) While I thought the books were mostly ridiculous, I did actually like the characters of Kate and Elliot and wouldn’t have minded seeing more of them. As people. Not more of them as in without clothes. Oh, you know what I mean.

8) Aragorn (LOTR): I have a hard time separating book Aragorn from movie Aragorn… but all Aragorn is good Aragorn, right? I’d happily read nothing but Aragorn stories for a week or two. He’s my king!

9) Reagan (Fangirl): I love Cath’s prickly roommate and would love to hear more about her life.

10) Gallowglass, Ysabeau, Philippe, Hamish… and more (All Soul’s Trilogy): One of the things that makes this trilogy so phenomenal is how deeply developed all of the supporting cast is. I’d feel like there’s so much more to know about the rest of the characters, and really hope that Deborah Harkness decides to revisit this world in future novels.

What characters would you like to see taking the lead in their own books?

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29 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters Who Deserve Their Own Books

    • Kate = Anastasia’s best friend, and Elliot = Christian’s brother, and they end up together. They have this whole romance going on, but they’re only ever in the background. Bad guy… ack, I’ve forgotten so much! Thanks for the follow — following you back!

    • Sirius just melts my heart, and I’d love to read about all of the Marauders (and Lily too!). To be fair, I’d read a book about Snape as well — there are all sorts of tragedies lurking in his past that have yet to be explored!

  1. I may have long since given up trying to separate between the movie and book characters from LOTR (save the notable differences a la Faramir), but I’d definitely read spin-off books featuring each character in the book! Hehehe 🙂

    Fangirl’s Regan is pretty popular in this week’s TTT!

    My TTT

    • Oh yes, I’d read further adventures of just about anyone from LOTR (Eowyn!!!) — and I know what you mean about them all kind of mushing together between their book and movie versions.

  2. Great list! There are some really good ones on here. I think Finnick would be interesting not only for his relationship with Annie, but the role he played in the Capitol and all the secrets he knew !

    • I know what you mean! Reading anything else about Sirius or Remus (or any of our other dearly departed) would be kind of heartbreaking — but I love the characters so much and I want more!

  3. I love your choices from Harry Potter. I would love to know more about Sirius, even though it would probably end up pretty heartbreaking.
    There’s also so much potential for a brilliant story of the Weasleys post-Hogwarts.
    Great list 🙂

  4. I saw Sirius on another list and I have no idea why I’ve never thought of this myself. It’s a genius idea! And you’re right, anything Harry Potter would be welcome.

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