Happy Friday, Bookworms!
It’s been a while since I made a list (like, a week or two? Too long, certainly.) I ran across this fantastic post on Book Riot recently. Then I came across this one on The Huffington Post. They are both about how cool it would be to read a book from another character’s perspective, and it’s got my listy juices flowing. Here are some of the books I’d like to read from another character’s perspective (and yeah, I made up titles for them. Because why not?)
1. The Cleverest Witch of Her Age- You guessed right. I’m talking about the Harry Potter series from Hermione Granger’s perspective. The HP books are so great and iconic that they could be amazing from any number of characters’ points of view, but Hermione holds a special place in my heart. Maybe if JK Rowling gets tired of being Robert Galbraith, she’ll consider it? A girl can dream.
2. Raising O’Hara- There was a point in The Help where one of the characters mentions that nobody asked how Mammy felt about things in Gone with the Wind. I think that would be a fascinating twist! Mammy, the O’Hara’s house slave getting a turn to talk about Scarlett’s doings? How DID she feel about sewing the curtains into a man-catching dress? It could be phenomenal.
3. Toby + Finn: A Love Story: I’d loooove to read Tell the Wolves I’m Home from Toby’s perspective. Finn and Toby’s journey together, his feelings of being kept away from Finn’s family, his heartbreak over losing Finn… TOBY. Oh man. I’d love that.
4. Lowood- Helen Burns was one of my favorite characters in Jane Eyre. I’d like to get an outsider’s perspective on Jane, and who better than her BFF to tell the tale? Of course, she’d only be able to tell a portion of the story, but I think it would rock pretty hard. Plus, who’s to rule out narration from another realm of existence? It’s been done.
5. Serena’s Gildead: The Handmaid’s Tale is one of THE BEST BOOKS EVER. Offred is stuck in this theocratic society where she’s used as breeding stock to produce children for worthy men’s families. Fred, her, uh, husband guy? Had a REAL wife named Serena Joy, a former televangelist who was none too thrilled with the whole handmaid situation. I want to get an idea of what this society was like from a “priviliged” woman’s point of view. I want to know how her views on religion changed (or didn’t) with the rise of the theocracy. I don’t think Serena Joy got to read either.
What about you, Bookworms? Is there a secondary character’s perspective you’d love to get out of a favorite book?