Hello, everyone and welcome back to Finding Wonderland. Today, quite on a whim, I’m re-purposing* an old publication that I have since unpolished. Why? Well, a: it’s all the way back from 2016, and b: the SEO and margins are way too messed up for this post, in its old variation, to be a viable placement. That said, we’re meeting favorite childhood characters to meet as adults. (Kind of.) Because it sounds like a kind of fun idea.
For most of us, revisiting our childhood is like a trip down a nostalgic lane. My childhood was one of many things; laughter and family, memories and good times, and of course, books. While cooped up in the house during the winter months, one of the ways we enjoyed spending our evenings at home was reading. We’d pass the book around night after night and become lost in whatever novel we were reading.
I’m breaking this up into two sections. The first are characters I’d like to read about as adults – or see them in some story medium as adults. The second are YA literature couples I’ve like to revisit (something I’m going to expand on at a later date) a few years down the road as adult characters in a novel.
*All with new edits, and some additional characters, too!
Ten Childhood Characters to Meet as Adults
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1: Addie Porter, Meant to be Mine
This might be an usual choice since she’s not a main character in Becky Wade’s charming romantic comedy novel, but I do remember loving her character – even if she was young and therefore, not a “primary” character whose characteristics we get to know. She had an impish personality that was 100% charm. Amazon | Goodreads
2: Adele, Jane Eyre
In some versions of this story, Adele is spunky, and in others, she’s pretty much an afterthought. I enjoyed her modern character in the Indie novel The Rise and Fall of Jane, and likely there’s an adaptation I like her best in, but don’t ask me to remember which! Amazon | Goodreads
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3: Elsa and Anna, Frozen
Okay, I know this is stretching it since these Disney sisters first appeared on movie screens and then inside the bookish world, but what can I say? I want to see more of their world. Plus, I really like the sister bond. Amazon
4: Felicity Merriman, Felicity Stories (American Girl)
When I think of my childhood books or the characters in them, no list would be complete without American Girl. As a kid, Felicity was one of the dolls I most wanted. I eventually got her (when I was a bit older) by saving my pennies. A small-screen film was made based on her stories, and I loved it. Perhaps its the time period I find most fascinating though I do like Samantha too. Fun fact: Shailene Woodley (of the Divergent series) starred as Felicity. Amazon | Goodreads
5: Lucy, The Chronicles of Narnia
I adore Lucy. Her unwavering faith is precious, and something to aspire to. I know technically, Lucy (and her siblings) do “grow up” over the course of the series though of the books I’ve read (three, I think), I didn’t feel like we ever got to “know” her as an adult. Amazon | Goodreads
6: Margaret Dashwood, Sense and Sensibility
In the 2008 ITV adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic, Margaret is quite a spitfire (come on, tell me you didn’t love the sass of her suggesting they poison the sister-in-law’s tea?). Needless to say she was a young Austen heroine in the making who deserves her own story. Amazon | Goodreads
7: Nancy Drew
I didn’t read the Nancy Drew books as a kid (except for maybe ONE?!), but I like the idea of “meeting” Nancy in her original timeframe, only as an adult. Fun fact: a contemporary TV show about an all-grown-up Nancy has been ordered. That might be… interesting! Thoughts? Amazon | Goodreads
8: Pauline, Petrova and Posy, Ballet Shoes
I don’t know how far the novel takes these characters, but the movie leaves them on the brink of adulthood. If you’ve not seen the BBC film, it’s a gem – and stars a (at-the-time) relative unknown, Emma Watson. Amazon | Goodreads
9: Peter Pan, Peter Pan
Ok, yes, I realize that part of the charm of this fairytale is that he doesn’t grow up, still, wouldn’t it be fun to read or see a story in which he does?? Kind of a new way to spin the story, right? Amazon | Goodreads
10: Sara Crew, A Little Princess
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3: Elle and Noah, The Kissing Booth | Ideally I’d like to see a story about these two as adults, and making things work. Namely because I feel like I’m alone in liking them together, but I just feel like as adults they can, maybe, be more responsible and ready to be together. Amazon | Goodreads
Alright, it’s your turn! What “favorite childhood characters as adults” would you most like to revisit? Are there characters you’d like to revisit for other reasons? Comment down below with your character – or bookish, related thoughts. I’d love to chat with you.
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Linking up with That Artsy Reader Girl September 8: Books for My Younger Self (These could be books you wish you had read as a child, books younger you could have really learned something from, books that meshed with your hobbies/interests, books that could have helped you go through events/changes in your life, etc.)
*Yes, I am changing the topic and still liking up. Just because.