Which Fictional Characters Should Come Back from the Dead?
Planning our Halloween costumes has us recreating some memorable characters from books, which got us thinking: Ever wish you could bring your favorite characters back from the dead? Whether they were suddenly killed off, died for love or made a noble, fatal sacrifice, these are the fictional characters we most wish could come back to life.
Sometimes an author goes too far. At least, that was the initial outcry among Bridget Jones fans when it was leaked that our heroine's love interest Mark Darcy had died--off the page--between the second and third novels in Helen Fielding's series, "The Edge of Reason" and "Mad About the Boy." "Why!?," we unattractively wail. Mark, clearly we like you very much, too.
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Wrongful death has been the stuff of great stories since the time of the Greeks--as much as we hate it when it happens--and the new movie version of Stephen King's classic, "Carrie," has our favorite misunderstood telekinetic teen front-of-mind once again. While it might be a stretch to call the death of a girl who killed 400 people in a prom fire "wrongful," we think the bullied Carrie White deserves a second chance at life--maybe this time without burning down the house.
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If any hero earned the right to be resurrected, it's Sirius Black, whose escape from Azkaban Prison (where he spent 12 years, wrongfully accused of murder) was legendary enough. Add to that his rejection of his Slytherin heritage, his challenge of traitorous Peter Pettigrew and his gift of a Firebolt broomstick to Harry, whom Sirius always looked out for, and it's abundantly clear that Padfoot's spirit is one we want watching over us.
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Could there possibly be a sadder death scene that that of Artax, Atreyu's faithful horse in "The Neverending Story"? Trekking through the Swamp of Sadness, Atreyu isn't able to help his horse, who, like most living beings who pass through the swamp, begins to succumb to the sadness and sink into the mud. Come back, Artax! We're with Bastian on this one: Saddest. Thing. Ever.
We all know the greatest love story ever told--which we recently chatted about on Facebook--and the tragic crossed wires that drove Romeo and Juliet to take their own lives for the sake of the other. But c'mon, Shakespeare--at 14 years old when she died, Juliet couldn't even get her learner's permit yet. Have a heart and give her another chance.
Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom
John Updike wasn't pulling any punches when he titled the fourth book in his Harry Angstrom series "Rabbit at Rest." Since Updike introduced him in "Rabbit, Run," we were rooting for "Rabbit" Angstrom, whose glory days as a basketball player gave way to the less glamorous realities of adulthood--being a kitchen gadget salesman, for starters. What we wouldn't give to run down the court with Rabbit one more time.
Admittedly, Gollum did some pretty nasty stuff in his time--not to mention what he put in his diet. But if he were resurrected, couldn't he go to ring counseling or something? It'd be worth it to experience his infectiously icky enthusiasms once again.
Which fictional characters would you resurrect from the dead if you could?