I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand a word you say, but I shall still be your affectionate Godfather, C. S. Lewis.
― C.S. Lewis,
Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is “Ten Childhood Characters You’d Love To Revisit As Adults (ie 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.”
- Susan Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. We got a glimpse of grown-up Susan in The Horse and His Boy (pictured), but her character really got shafted by Lewis in The Last Battle. I’d like a do-over please.
- Meg from A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry. Meg is one of my favorite angst-y YA characters. I’d love to revisit her as a fully realized adult.
- The other children from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. You know you’re curious if any of them actually learned a lesson and changed their ways!
- Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl. Did she become a teacher like Miss Honey?
- Annemarie Johansen from Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Did she survive WWII?
- Gregor from The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins. The series had a bittersweet ending. I’d love to find out if Gregor eventually found some happiness.
- The Baudelaires from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. Somehow, 13 books just weren’t enough.
I give you things that fill me with Bibliophilic Bliss:
- Finding a long anticipated title has been ordered by the library and I’m #1 on the holds list.
- Getting notification that a long awaited hold is available at the library (see above).
- Getting the book in my grubby little hands (see #s 1 & 2).
- Using bookish coffee mugs.
- Finding a really great deal on a book – like this set for $10 at a library sale:
- Finding the meaning of a book’s title in the text.
- Discovering that Hoopla has added new titles.
- Finding someone else who fangirls (or fanboys) as hard as I do for a book.
Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”
― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
- When books feel nice – deckle edge pages and / or a satin-y cover (I don’t know what it’s called, but the hardback version of The Cuckoo’s Calling has this type of cover. If anyone knows what that finish is called, please tell me!).
- Watching my kids be excited about reading.