This week’s theme by Broke and the Bookish is our top ten childhood characters we’d like to revisit as adults. This was a little challenging – I guess I didn’t read as much children’s literature as a tot, and we already know how Laura Ingalls turns out. 🙂
1. Mary Lennox – The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
She’s stubborn and conceited, and yet kind. After all, she just wanted to be loved, as all children do. I’d love to see her as an adult – caring, yet not to be messed with. And most importantly, did she fall for Dickon? Or are they still friends, sharing the garden with their children and tending the beds side by side? Either way, I can’t imagine her story without him in it!
2. Sara Crewe – A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Also fashioned by Burnett, Sara is as resourceful as she is sweet. No matter the situation, she’s sure to be the positive force carrying everyone on her shoulders – a trait that would be interesting to see again in her adulthood. Perhaps sheltering a homeless child? Caring for the sick? She could do so much good!
3. Liesel – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Does she marry Max!? The ending could persuade you either way, even with their 10 year age difference. But the real question is what kind of trouble does she get herself into in Australia? I’d love to see her adventures there.
4. Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
I can only imagine the antics these two would pursue into adulthood, or even as teenagers. But even more so, to witness the changes they’d see in their lifetime – they’re growing up in the midst of so much change and modernization, I’d love to see it’s impact on their growth.
5. Sam Gribley – My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
I’d love to see him all grown up, face a challenge or tragedy that propels back to his mountain refuge, but this time in a cabin perhaps.
6. Mary – Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
I’ve always been fascinated by Mary, the one who loves her piano but isn’t quite as charming as her sisters. I’ve always imagined her leaving home to pursue her passions, perhaps a little like Jane Austen herself.
7. The American Girls – Various Authors
Am I the only one who read these? Samantha, Molly, Felicity, Josefina, Kirsten, Addy…. They all have such spunk and nurturing personalities – I’d love to see the series take off with them in their twenties!
8. Jack, Ralph, Sam… – Lord of the Flies by William Golding
I think it would be interesting to see them again as young men, to see how their experience has changed them – or did it change them? Will they still end up obsessed with war and ultimate power like the rest of man-kind? Or will they grow from their tragedy and spread the lesson with others?
9. Amelia Bedelia – Series by Peggy Parish
Ok, so she’s already an adult in the original series, and now they have a new series with her as a child. But, I think it would be absolutely hilarious to go one step further and see Amelia as an elderly woman. You have to admit her Belelianess would be tripled and just plain adorable. 🙂
10. Frodo – The Lord of the Rings by J.R. R. Tolkien
Since we’ve seen Frodo as a man, I’d like to go back and see a story come out with Frodo as boy. How fun it would be to grow up with Bilbo telling his fantastical stories of trolls and elves, and of course the random visits from Gandalf. It would be great!
11. Jack and Annie – The Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osbourne
I’m not sure where they haven’t been in history considering the volume of books in this series, but I’d love to see these two as adults. Or even a series on their children finding their secret, and then they have to save them from being swallowed up by the past. Or even if they went back to see some of their old friends. Either way, you can’t go wrong with magic and time travel!
What childhood characters would you like to revisit?
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