Top Ten Tuesday | Revisiting Childhood


Top Ten Tuesday Girl Reading
 
For some of us, revisiting our childhood is like a trip down a nostalgic lane that floods us with happy memories. My childhood was one of many things; laughter and family, memories and good times, and of course, books. From a young age, I cannot help but imagine my parents were instilling in me a love of books and reading without even realizing they were doing this.  

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. Similarly, during school days my mom made it a point to let us have a morning reading time before our school days began.  

Why talk about these things? Well, today’s Top Ten Tuesday meme is all about the characters or books of our childhood days.  

Broke and Bookish May 3rd Topic 

Ten Childhood Characters You'd Love To Revisit As Adults (i.e. a novella or something to see what they grew up to be) -- you could always just pick YA characters you've read recently you wouldn't mind revisiting in 10 years or so. Or you could pick 10 characters and guess what you think they'd be doing in 10 years or 20 years. OR you could go the other way and wish for coming of age stories for adult characters you love.  

As usual, 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 eight or ten years down the road. Some of these are "stretching" it a bit, but hey, I feel like I'm focusing on children or young adults from literature, and after all, this IS what today's topic is all about, right!?

Ten Childhood Characters I’d Like to Revisit as Adults
 

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.
 
2. 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.
 
3. 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.
 
4. Lucy, The Chonicles 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.
5. 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.
 
6. 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?

7. 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.  

Ten YA Lit Couples I’d Like to Revisit as Adults



8. Anna and Etienne, Anna and the French Kiss | I realize I already talk about this novel too much, so I'll leave it at that.

9. Beckett and Finley, There You'll Find Me | Love these two - and it helps that Beckett works against the clich├ęs his "type" of character would ordinarily boast.

10. Paige and Max, The Start of Me and You | These two are too cute for words.
 

That’s another edition of Top Ten Tuesday here on Finding Wonderland. 
 
What characters 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. 
 
Thanks, as always, for visiting Finding Wonderland. I hope you enjoyed your stay. 
 
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  1. Fun topic! I would love to have a novella or some update on Ponyboy from The Outsiders. You see a bit of him in That Was Then, This is Now, but I want to know more about him further down the road.

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    1. I thought so too, Lauren! Such a neat trip down memory lane. :) Thanks for sharing one of your favorite childhood characters. Since novellas is a trend today, that'd be a fun way to "catch up" with these characters.

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  2. I was tyring to think of a Jane Austen character who was young in her books and couldn't remember any I wanted to meet later. But I do wnat to re-meet Margaret from S and S. Good choice. I forgot all about her.
    My TTT Children characters I'd like to meet as adults

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    1. Margaret is one sassy kid. I love her in the 2008 miniseries but don't recall her at all from the book. I'm guessing she didn't have near the development on page as she does on screen. :) I'll definitely visit your fun Top 10 Tuesday post, Anne. Thanks for visiting.

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  3. Fabulous list. I like your stretch to Anna and Elsa, both fantastic characters who I'd like to see more from. I'd also like to follow the characters from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

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    1. Thanks so much, Chrissi! I wasn't sure how this one would turn out since I put it together last minute, but I wound up being really happy with it. Anna and Elsa are amazing. It's nice to see a good sister relationship in fiction today. :)

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  4. Paige and Max- what a great pick! I recently read The Start of Me and You, and really liked those two! Nancy Drew would be a very interesting to one follow-up...I kind of hope she'd turn more Veronica Mars-y than anything else :)

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    1. Paige and Max are amazing. I heat those two.

      YES! I could see Nancy being a great kind of Veronica Mars-type character. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting, Michelle.

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  5. I did not know they made a movie for Ballet Shoes!! And w/ Emma Watson!! Very cool. Also a Nancy Drew TV show sounds awesome... can't wait to watch it :)

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    1. The adaptation of Ballet Shoes is gorgeous, Michelle. But of course, I'm judging it as a production not adaptation (since I've not read the book). :) And I agree about a Nancy Drew TV show. Thanks so much for visiting.

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  6. 'Ballet Shoes' really is worth reading, it's a great book :) Loved the film too. I think they hint what happens to the Fossils in some of the other 'shoes' books, although I haven't read any so I'm still in the dark! I had Margaret Dashwood on my list as well :)

    http://basedonthebook.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/top-ten-tuesday-literary-characters-id.html

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    1. Really? That's awesome about the future 'Shoe' books, Catherine. I'm glad they perhaps hint at the Fossils futures in the other books. Also, thank you! I agree that Ballet Shoes is worth reading. I'll have to pick it up sometime. Thanks for visiting. :)

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  7. I love the idea of adult Pevensie family. I love the glimpse we get in the movie and would sell a lot of my book collection for more!
    In the Horse and the Boy story, we get a tiny glimpse more of the family as adults ♡

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    1. As do I, Alyssa. Especially inside that world they live in while a part of Narnia. It's amazing. I've yet to read The Horse and the Boy, so now I'm more excited. :) Thanks so much for visiting.

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  8. I am very excited about a grown up Nancy Drew show! I used to ship her with the oldest Hardy boy, because I hated Ned.

    My TTT

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    1. Aw, that's cute, Kate! I like the idea of Nancy with the eldest Hardy boy. Did you ever watch the old TV show that coupled the two shows (Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys)? They're campy (because they're from the 70s) but cute. :)

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  9. Yesss I want to know what Anna and Etienne went on to do next! THEY ARE TOO ADORABLE OMG. (Also I'd love to know what happened to Cricket and Lola. <3)
    And I would like to know more about ALL the Narnian characters, tbh. More than just the sneak peek we got in the Last Battle. Those books afjdksalfd they defined my childhood. :') Here's my TTT!

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    1. I understand Anna and Etienne are primary characters throughout the rest of the series, so perhaps, by the time I read Lola and Isla, I'll be happy with their ending... but I doubt it. I could always enjoy MORE about those two (and I suspect I'd feel the same about Lola).

      I would too, Cait. All of the Narnia characters are amazing - and yes! My reaction is the same about the books. They're... wow good.

      Thanks so much for visiting. Off to visit your Top 10 Tuesday. :)

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  10. How did I forget Pauline, Petrova, and Posy. Ballet Shoes was one of my huge favorites!

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    1. The film is beautiful, so I'm not surprised the book is a must-read favorite. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting, Alison.

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  11. a grown up Nancy Drew show??? Count me in! My TTT

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    1. Me too, Carrie! I'm beyond excited plus I like the lead actress... Sarah something (she stars in Person of Interest).

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  12. I didn't read Nancy Drew either when I was younger, despite my grandma's wishes that I would. I didn't even like them back then, but I LOVE mysteries now so it would be interesting to read about. Though as a TV show I worry it would be like every other CSI, Criminal Minds, etc. out there

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    1. That was me as well, Liselle. I wasn't a mystery person, but I am today, so at some point I might read some of the books just because. :) The trouble with new crime dramas is that they are (at their core) essentially all alike. But I have loved Elementary so I'll hope good things for this in-the-works Nancy Drew show. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  13. I loved this weeks topic, there are so many characters I would love to revisit. You have picked some great ones, although a few of these are from books I still need to read. You are so not stretching it with Anna & Elsa, I would love to be able to revisit those characters as well. You can check out my list here.

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    1. As did I, Charnell. Who wouldn't want to catch up with favorite childhood characters!?

      Yay for more Anna and Elsa love. They are great Disney heroines I always thought.

      Excited to read your Top Ten Tuesday post. Thank you for visiting. :)

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  14. Ballet Shoes was one of my favourite books as a kid, I'd love to know how the fossil sisters were getting along!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/03/top-ten-tuesday-55/

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    1. As would I. They're fun characters to know in the film. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  15. The show about Nancy Drew as an adult could be a lot of fun!:) I read quite a few of her books as a young reader.
    So many great choices! Lucy is my favorite out of her family, and Margaret Dashwood would be a fun heroine.

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    1. Ditto. I'm excited about Nancy Drew showing up on our TV screens - and I like the actress set to play her, Sarah something (she's in Person of Interest). Lucy is my favorite and yes, I agree. Margaret is fabulous. :)

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    1. Thank you, Annie! I wound up being happy with them too. Thanks a bunch for stopping by. :)

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  17. I've actually read a book that imagined Maragaret's being grown up and having her own romance! The Third Sister by Julia Barrett: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1059522.The_Third_Sister. It was okay though nothing special. I actually will snap up most any professional Jane Austen Fan Fiction:).

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    1. Awesome. Thank you for the GR link, Stephanie. I'll look into that one. Sometimes, even if something isn't anything special, it's still a fun pick-me-up read. :)

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  18. I wouldn't say no to seeing more of Lucy, or Susan for that matter! :)

    Check out my TTT.

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    1. Ditto, Lauren! Both are great characters. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  19. I know I say this a lot, but I have to mention it again - your graphics are stunning! You are so talented. So happy you included Addie Porter...I'm reading "Her One and Only" right now and I was just thinking about how badly I wanted to re-read the whole series again. Lucy is my fave in Narnia too! I feel like I'd like to revisit Beckett and Finley in There You'll Fin Me as well...anyways, amazing top ten!!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Bekah. As usual, I have such FUN creating these. Some I like more than others, and I think these turned out pretty well... even if the wreath does overpower the picture. ;)

      Love all of these characters SO much, and cannot wait to read Her One and Only. It looks like an amazing novel. I think that one's next up for me (I try to read them as they arrive in my mailbox). Cannot wait! :)

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