I know it’s no longer Tuesday, but I really want to start doing these prompts as a way to keep up with the blog. At around 2:00 AM last night, I decided to write out what I was going to say in this post so I would actually do it. I even made a little banner! Go me and my productivity! So, without further ado, here are my Top 10 characters who deserve books of their own.
WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW
Married to the main character Darrow, Eo is the light of his life. Darrow often talks about how much he loves her, and how wonderful she is. He is quick to point out her (small) flaws, like her stubbornness and her rebellious attitude. Unfortunately, Eo is killed within the first 10 chapters of Red Rising. Her death is what starts Darrow on his campaign against the Golds, and is the driving force that keeps him focused on his goal throughout the books. This is Pierce Brown’s breakout novel, so I can forgive him for making the “character dying as a ploy” thing, but I wish we would have more insight on this extremely important character. We know she’s beautiful and fun and all the things a dream girl should be, but we don’t really get to know her. Without knowing her, can we really care about why Darrow does what he does? As the reader, we are able to see the atrocities the Golds commit against the lower colors, and that seems enough of a reason for Darrow to stand against them. It isn’t, though. Darrow is continuously pushed into his role when anyone brings up Eo and what she would have wanted. Considering just how vital she is to the story, I would have loved to get to know this character so much more than just knowing she was pretty.
2. Felicity from the Gemma Doyle Trilogy
When I first read A Great and Terrible Beauty, I hated Felicity. Absolutely despised her. By the time I finished The Sweet Far Thing, all I wanted to do was hold her and stroke her hair and tell her everything was going to be okay. She is one of the most tragic characters I have ever come across while reading YA. She was molested by her father at a very young age and then watches as her best friend Pippa is left in a magical-death world. It’s no wonder why she is such an angry girl throughout the series. At the end of A Sweet Far Thing, we learn that Felicity and Pippa were more than just friends. Not only did she lose her best friend, she lost the only person who understood her. She does travel to France at the end of the series, so we can assume she lives a happy life. I think the rest of her story would be a wonderful LGBT book.
3. Kartik, also from Gemma Doyle Trilogy
With a PoC (person of color), I think it’s hard for white authors to write about them and their culture without being racist or offensive in some way (see: Memoirs of a Geisha). I think, if Libba Bray could pull it off, it would be a wonderful insight into Indian culture. Seeing Kartik and his work with the Rakshana, as well as their inner workings, would be great to see. He is such a wonderful character too. I loved watching all of these characters mature, but Kartik was one I adored. He needs to be protected at all costs.
4. Grant from The Language of Flowers
The main character, Victoria, had such a heartbreaking story. I feel like Grant’s is just as bad, if not worse. His mother deteriorates at a young age, forcing Grant to grow up early. Not only does he have to take care of himself, he also has to take care of his mother. While Victoria’s story focuses on the foster care system, Grant’s story would probably focus on child abuse.
5. Prim from The Hunger Games
Prim’s experiences throughout all three books would be vastly different compared to Katniss’ or even Peeta’s. We could see the aftermath of the 74th Hunger Games, and how the families of the tributes cope while watching their loved ones subjected to these horrors. We could see Prim worried about her mother, or her mother step up to take care of her with more fervor than ever before. We would see Prim learning how to help people from her mom, helping those within Districts 12 and 13 and could showcase her relationships with other characters we know and love. Prim deserves a book of her own as a tribute to her.
6. Peeta from The Hunger Games
Poor dear sweet Peeta. The first two Hunger Game books might not be different than Katniss’ point of view so much, but Mockingjay would be absolutely insane. His point of view inside the Capital while his entire being is changing would be devastating, and aren’t those the best kinds of books? He’s obviously the more romantic of the two, so we would get a lot more of him pining for Katniss at first. Once his memories start to get “hijacked,” we would see such an intense difference in his thinking. I think it would be similar to Flowers for Algernon in the difference he would go through.
7. Mortain from His Fair Assassin series
The God of Death is an extremely huge part of the universe of these books. We do get more of him in Mortal Heart, but I would love to have a book strictly in his point of view. I would have liked to get his perspective with the goings on of the convent, and especially his story regarding Arduinna and Amourna.
8. Nehemia from Throne of Glass
My queen. Nehemia is one of my favorite characters ever. She is a perfect example of great writing. She was a wonderful princess and would have been an amazing queen, but her love for her people was too great. She could be manipulative at times, harsh and cold towards Celaena, but seeing everything through her point of view would be interesting to say the least.
Evanelle from Garden Spells/ First Frost
She’s the oldest character in the two-book series, and I would love to hear about her childhood and young adult life. Growing up with Claire’s grandmother must have been an absolute nightmare! I want to hear about her life with her husband. I want to hear about the trouble she got in with her “gift giving.” I want more about this wonderful side-character we only get glimpses of!
10. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series
First, do you know how much more we (simple muggles) would understand from Hermione’s point of view? Her parents are dentists. She was a teen in the ’90’s! Did she listen to Nirvana or Madonna or N*Sync? Did she have any close muggle friends during these “witchy” years? Did she ever felt left out after the summer break, when she wanted to talk about the new Slip-n-Slide she got or her tamagotchi pet? How many snap bracelets did she have? Harry wanted to escape from the muggle world, where he’s only ever been abused and unwanted. Hermione had the great muggle experience with two loving parents. I do realize most of this is steeped in U.S. culture, but I don’t know anything about British culture. I’m sure they had a show similar to Rugrats or Rocko’s Modern Life that she must have watched. I’m a bookworm too, but that doesn’t mean all my free time goes to reading. I just feel like Hermione’s point of view would be so different in the best of ways.