Top Ten Tuesday: Hey, what’s up? Top 10 characters I’d like to catch up with…


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 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).

Which characters would I most like to catch up with, see how they’re doing, maybe find out if that Happily-Ever-After really worked out for them in the end? Read on to find out!

[Note: There may be minor spoilers, because how can you talk about what happened after “The End” without referencing the ending?]

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1) Jamie and Claire Fraser, Outlander series: Kind of obvious, since this is where my head is right now. This is the only book/series on my list this week that’s still ongoing… but I’m including Jamie and Claire because it’s been 10 months since the last book came out and I’m dying to know what they’ve been up to since then!

2) Edward and Bella, Twilight series: I’d love to know how a never-ending and never-changing life (with no sleep!) is working out for these two. Is Bella still glad she gave up human life for Edward? Did that little scamp Renesmee grow up and get with Jacob? How’s Edward handling having Jacob as a son-in-law?

3) EVERYONE from the Harry Potter series: I love them all so much. I know J. K. Rowling has released information on how their lives all turned out, but I’d love to visit them all again. I want to see grown-up Harry at home with Ginny, maybe having Ron and Hermione over for Sunday brunch. Is anyone living at the Burrow? How’s Molly Weasley doing? What about Teddy Lupin?

4) Nick and Amy Dunne, Gone Girl: Not a happily ever after by a long shot, and not at all likeable people. I’d love to know, though, how the rest of their lives turned out. Terrifying and awful, I’m sure. What about the baby? Any chance that the kid didn’t grow up to be a psychopath?

5) Eleanor and Park (Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell): I just hope these two managed to reconnect and find happiness, and most of all, I hope that Eleanor finally got a chance at a safe and happy life.

6) Clare and Alba DeTamble, The Time Traveler’s Wife: [SPOILER] I’d love to know that Clare had a good life after Henry’s death, and hope that she found love again. And I’d also love to know how things worked out for Alba, and whether her time traveling was easier, based on all the work and research Henry did.

7) Emilio Sandoz, The Sparrow and Children of Men: After all of the trauma, I hope that Emilio finally found peace and a measure of solace when all of his space travel ended. I’m envisioning him growing old, surrounded by grandchildren, loved and adored. Wouldn’t that be lovely?

8) Tavi and Kitai, Codex Alera series: It certainly seemed as though these two (and others) got the happy ending they deserved, but I imagine that they still have a long life ahead of them as rulers of Alera… and I’m guessing there are still plenty of adventures yet to come.

9) Jane True and Anyan Barghest, Jane True series: I have no doubt that these two are having a marvelous happily-ever-after, but they’re just so much fun to hang out with that I’d like the chance to visit with them again.

10) Matthew and Diana, All Soul’s trilogy: I have no problem with how the trilogy ended, but I enjoyed all of the characters so much that I’d like more of them! I want to know about Matthew and Diana’s children, as well as the rest of the big, extended family. Oh, and let’s not forget Gallowglass!

What characters are on your list this week?

Share your links, and I’ll come check out your top 10!

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40 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Hey, what’s up? Top 10 characters I’d like to catch up with…

  1. I just read Outlander and really enjoyed it! But the synopsis for A Dragonfly in Amber threw my off a little bit so I haven’t continued yet. And Harry Potter… Sigh. There will never be enough from that world for me. I wish the stories could be endless.

    Great list!

    • A lot of people get thrown by the synopsis and opening of Dragonfly in Amber — but give it a try! It’s amazing. I’m with you on HP — never enough!

  2. Nick and Amy from Gone Girl made my list too! They were such a dysfunctional couple and I would love to know if they ever killed each other or not. 🙂

  3. Ah, a brilliant list as per usual! 🙂 I’d love to know more about Eleanor and Park and Nick and Amy. Nick and Amy are such awful (but brilliant) characters. I do wonder what would’ve happened to them!

    • Aww, thanks! It’s so interesting to think about what might have happened to such memorable characters. For Nick and Amy, you just know they must be miserable!

  4. Hiya Lisa I’m a new follower! 🙂 Great list here, I chose Luna Lovegood on my list, I’d love to know what happened with herself and Neville 🙂 And of course Nick Dunne, I LOVED Gone Girl so much, such an addictive and brilliant read! Hope you’re having a great day and here’s my TTT @ Emma’s Bookery if you would like to check it out 🙂

  5. You know, I think it’s because of all the fanfiction as well as Pottermore, but I feel we do get to check in with the HP characters quite often, not that I’d say no to more books obviously!

    Eleanor & Park, didn’t make my list although it was a close thing!

    • True, I didn’t think about Pottermore. To be honest, it didn’t really appeal that much to me. I love more novels about the HP characters, but all the little online extras don’t really seem like “real” HP, in my opinion! 🙂 (Guess I’m just old-fashioned that way…).

  6. Awesome list! I also added Nick and Amy Dunne this week! I totally forgot about Amy being pregnant! I wrote in my blurb about hoping they don’t have children! LOL! Happy reading! 🙂

  7. I’m compiling my list right now, but I’ll definitely have to echo your “EVERYONE IN HARRY POTTER.” Gah. I need sequels and sequels and prequels and — just — *grabby hands*

    • Ha, it’s been a long time since I thought about Twilight at all! But I remember wondering at the end of the series whether they’d actually be happy… the way their lives are described just sounds so infinite and kind of boring after a while!

  8. We have a total of five books in common in this weeks TTT. Such a great list , I’m really hoping for sequels .

    • For some, I’d definitely like more sequels! Although there’s nothing worse than finally getting a sequel to a book I love and then feeling so let down by where the story goes…

  9. Yes and yes to Jamie and Claire Fraser. I can’t wait to start Dragonfly in Amber. And while I could are less about Eddie and Bella, I’d love to know how Jake and the pack are faring. And most definitely I want to check in with Harry and his crew. They were awesome!

  10. Hi! Love your TTT! I really appreciate the meme directory. It’s how I picked one! Please check out my post for top ten Tuesday. 🙂

    • Thank you! I’m so glad to hear that you’ve found the meme directory helpful! Thanks for stopping by — I’ll be happy to check out your post!

  11. I’m so surprised to see Twilight on many people’s lists! Lots of closet fans lol! I’m a bit weird though since I immediately lose interest when a character gets pregnant–borrinnnggg! Haha 😉

    • Well, yeah, I get that — it feels so formulaic after a while, get married and then boom, pregnant. 🙂 I wouldn’t say I’m a Twilight fan… I read them all way back when, and I’ll admit that I couldn’t stop reading, but have also done my fair share of making fun of the books kind of mercilessly. I think I’m always interested to see whether these dramatic made-for-each-other perfect romances actually work in daily life!

      • I agree! I jumped on the Twilight bandwagon very early, and although I enjoyed the first 3 books, I despised Breaking Dawn so much that it pretty much ruined it for me. I am a sucker for star-crossed lovers though!

  12. More on Time Traveler’s Wife would be great. I loved that book so much when I read it a few years ago.
    Thanks for sharing!

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