WHERE YOU AT? CHECKING IN WITH 10 CHARACTERS WE STILL LOVE

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Do you ever wish you could check in with a favorite character from a book? Or do you just wonder what they became at the end of a good book? Just for giggles, today we explore that very idea through ten favorite characters to check in on! Or at least, sharing ten characters we’d like to know where they’re at. I’m not creative enough to imagine best 2021 scenarios for them.

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I have this weird notion about re-reading books which could crossover into knowing where characters are at. I love my nostalgic or warm feelings that a favorite book leaves me with, so I hesitate to re-read the book just because I’m worried I’ll lose that affection for the book. This applies also to possible new books about a beloved character. I find sometimes if a film receives a sequel years later, meaning more than the more typical 3 or so year window, it can ruin the good we loved about the prior book (or film). So in a weird way, while I would probably read a new book about these characters, I also want to remember them as is, in good standing.

Also one case I feel like may apply to this is the re-boot of Veronica Mars. I didn’t watch it, but I hear how things go down is pretty… sad.

Let’s jump in.


TEN FAVORITE CHARACTERS TO CHECK IN ON


1: ANNA from ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS

I haven’t met all of the characters from the AATFK world (still haven’t read Isla’s story), but it’d be fun to catch up with Anna and co. Are they in Paris again? Are they living their best personal lives (complete with happy memories)? What career did they choose? They were fun characters to hang out with despite the fact that I did read some not-so-great opinions on them. Goodreads

2: JANE BENNET AND MR. BINGLEY from PRIDE & PREJUDICE

I mean, they’re just too adorable not to be curious about right? The only thing is, like with any couple on this list, I’d only want to catch up with them if they’re still happy. I won’t mind if they’re dealing with challenges, but unhappy? No. Thank. You. Also, of course I’d like to catch up with Darcy and Lizzy too, but I feel sort of satisfied through the BBC mystery adaptation. Goodreads

3: LARA JEAN COVEY AND PETER from TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE

If these two aren’t still together in another story, I’d be fangirl SAD. So maybe I don’t want to catch up with them? Either way, do you think we’ll get updates on them through Kitty in Netflix’s XO, Kitty series? Goodreads

4: DAWSEY AND JULIET from THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY

I mean, we love these two, right? We can’t not want to catch up with them I say! Goodreads

5: LAURIE AND AMY from LITTLE WOMEN
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It’s really interesting to me how different this relationship plays on screen. There’s at least one version where I feel it’s pretty obvious Laurie isn’t happy to have married Amy (meaning he still deeply loves Jo) and there’s others were he seems genuinely happy and to have moved on from his love other than that of good friend. Dear readers (who are lit lovers), how does it read in the book? Goodreads

6: LEO AND AMY from THE RUNAWAY PRINCESS

Is it weird that I’m including these two without really remembering how their story ends? We’re going with it despite this. Goodreads

7: TY PORTER AND CELIA from MEANT TO BE MINE

Most readers didn’t care for Ty when it came down to the Porter siblings, but he’s one of, if not my favorite character. Plus, I just love how he and Celia find their way back to each other; there is blame on both of their faults for the in-between and the end result is pretty sweet. Goodreads

8: NICK AND NAOMI from YOU DESERVE EACH OTHER

Ok, so catching up with these two would be best in another of this authors books or a novella. I don’t think their story could support a sequel that is full length because honestly I don’t want to see them in that light again. They were so not invested in each other for most of this book. I both did and didn’t like this novel, but it does have its unique elements and now that we know what they’re like at their worst, let’s have the chance to see them at their best. Goodreads

9: CHARLIE REYNOLDS from ON THE FENCE

Adding Charlie because she’s the first (I’m pretty sure) Kasie West heroine I met when I finally read her books back in 2017. Of course, I’d also love to catch up with Braden and the entire Reynolds clan. Goodreads

10: FINLEY SINCLAIR from THERE YOU’LL FIND ME

Finley is one of those unforgettable characters. Or she is back when I read the book. I remember loving her character and spunk, and thinking it fun to read a book by a favorite author with a good character who goes to Ireland! Now, the question remains, after all of that emotional turmoil, how is Finley now? Goodreads

What about you? Who would you want to catch up with? Would any of these characters be characters you’d like to chat with again? Why or why not? Who is on your list? Comment all the comments below – and as always, thanks for being here!

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24 comments

    1. I should re-read ‘Anna’ too, Diana. I’m just afraid my memory of its awesome will be erased and I’ll think it’s not as good as my memory tells me. ;) Thanks for visiting!

  1. After finally reading Little Women for myself after years of only watching the various film adaptations, I finally felt like the author made the right choice pairing Laurie and Amy. Alcott did a much better job in the book, building a foundation and believable timeline for Laurie and Amy. Also, if I remember correctly, Jo never had displayed any romantic feelings towards Laurie in the book. The movies mostly give short shrift to Laurie and Amy and try to add romantic interest with Jo that wasn’t really there.

    1. Great perspective and thoughts, Brittaney – glad you shared! I should try to read the book sometime because I really do find it interesting that I feel like some adaptations have Laurie marrying Amy “just because” (and in one I feel like he REGRETS it after reuniting with Jo) and in others I do feel genuinely happy for them. I’m still fond of the 90s version for nostalgic reasons and honestly, I love the romance for Jo there. It’s sweet and as I’m a movie romantic, I love the “rain scene.” :) Is there a version that follows the book best?

    1. I bet the TV show will tease that out… or hopefully it will. I’ve seen movies/TV shows do that kind of starting in the present and letting the characters tell the story of their youth or some form of that trope. Hope the TV show helps in completing the story, Lori. :) Thanks for visiting.

  2. I have the same mixed feelings about re-reading and sequels! I don’t want them to ruin how I felt about the characters. I also agree that I’d only want to know what was going on with the characters if they were still happy. With all that being said, I’d love to know how Jane and Mr. Bingley are doing! I’d also be curious about Laura Jean and Peter, though I’ve not read the books and have only seen the movies. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

    1. The To All the Boys movies are SO sweet. If you enjoyed them, I think you’d like the books too. Oh, and YES! Jane and Bingley are just so cute and fun. We need to see more of them. :) Glad I’m not alone in the mixed feelings about re-reading.

    1. WELL SAID, SUSAN! I’d tend to agree. The only way I’d want a catch up is if they’re still living happy lives. I’m not a fan of sequels that use the break-up trope. :)

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