[This post is done as part of the Top Ten Tuesday meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. It is also done as part of GaCoWriMo, my own personal twist to NaNoWriMo]
Boy, this list was a lot harder to come up with than I expected, probably due to my utter inability to remember anything
from most books I read ever. While I see lots of other entries wanting the same stories told from a different perspective, I’ve always been big on back stories and in-book “legendary” events and this list reflects that. To pad the list to the requisite number Because literature shouldn’t be limited to just the pure word form, I’ve also included two characters from manga series that I would like to see have a spin-off.
1. Haymitch and the 50th Hunger Games (The Hunger Games trilogy – Suzanne Collins)
I’m a huge fan of books featuring the latest iteration of cyclical events and if I was going to be really lazy, this entire list could have just been “ten books featuring ten of the previous victors mentioned in THG”. Still, the second Quarter Quell sounds like it would make for an exciting read, even if we all know the result already. Alternatively, the first Hunger Games ever staged or the first Quarter Quell sound compelling too.
2. Harry Potter: The Next Generation (The Harry Potter series – J. K. Rowling) [blatantly “inspired” by Writer of Wrongs]
The James Potter series (the best fanfiction I’ve ever read) does a spanking job of covering this but, since Rowling seems to be randomly getting back into the hang of Hogwarts, it wouldn’t hurt to wish for an entire series starring James and friends from the
original author Queen herself.
3. The founders of Hogwarts (The Harry Potter series – J. K. Rowling)
The four founders are perhaps some of the least covered characters in the HP universe and I would love to read a series (or even a single thick tome) on how the world was like before Hogwarts was founded, how each of the founders was like in their youth, and how they came to establish one of the best wizarding schools in the world.
4. The first ruling Blending (The Blending series – Sharon Green)
This is a highly improbable one but like I said, I’m a huge fan of back stories and it would be cool to see how the first Blending came into place and how they figured out how it all worked.
5. Terciel (The Abhorsen series – Garth Nix)
I’ve just finished Sabriel so I have no idea if this actually did turn out to be part of a story later but based on some quick Wikipedia glancing (I escape unscathed except for minor spoilers) it doesn’t seem like Sabriel’s father got his time in the spotlight.
6. The Lord Ruler (The Mistborn series – Brandon Sanderson)
According to his Wikipedia entry, “[…n]obody knows who he is or where he came from. All that is known is that since his Ascension, the Deepness was driven back and the world has lost hope”. If that doesn’t sound like a fascinating tale waiting to be told, I don’t know what does.
7. Uncle Press (The Pendragon series – D. J. MacHale)
Similar to the Abhorsen (or, y’know, the Avatars), the Travelers sound like they would make for great stories. Press was the lead one from his time and it would be cool to see him in action with the other penultimate Travelers. Alternatively, it would be even cooler to see the first batch of Travelers, how they came to be, and what they got up to in their time.
8. The little girl who won the previous year (Battle Royale – Koushun Takami)
One of the most haunting images from the movie adaptation is the crazed little girl shown in a news broadcast at the start of the movie, standing victorious in the previous year’s Battle Royale. Knowing the Japanese’s propensity for dark, edgy fare, it would be interesting to read a book not only of her time in the competition, but also how she has coped with life since then. Alternatively, Kawada’s previous sojourn into the Battle Royale battlefield would make for a good read too.
9. Kaguya (Naruto – Masashi Kishimoto)
Kaguya was one of the most underutilised and underwhelming characters in the manga. She was the progenitor of ninjutsu and single-handedly stopped wars and yet was taken down in a few short chapters by two upstart rookies. I would love to read in more detail about the Narutoverse during her time, her encounter with the chakra fruit, and how she stopped all those wars.
10. Yamamoto (Bleach – Tite Kubo)
Before he was unceremoniously and randomly brought down in the latest arc of the manga, Yamamoto was the captain-commander of the Gotei 13, most powerful shinigami around, and had ruled the roost for a thousand years. A great story would revolve around how he developed his powers, what the world was like before he founded the Soul Reaper Academy, and his first battles with Juhabach.
Dear reader, what are your favourite characters that you wish would get a book of their own?