“If you could…” Friday!


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Welcome again to another “If you could” Friday.

Today’s question:

We all have beloved literary characters  we wish hadn’t died.  If you could bring back your favorite deceased character, who would it be?

For me, I would want Sirius Black to come back from beyond the veil.

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25 thoughts on ““If you could…” Friday!

  1. I’m not sure that I’d allow anyone back on this side.

    I grew up reading comic books, and always felt cheated when a character had a serious death scene that got retconed away thanks to creative impulses/fan demands/marketing pressures. How many f’n’ times can we watch Jean Grey undo all the pathos and dignity of her sacrifice from X-MEN # 137 with another run on this plane?

    Let’s be real: If you *did* see your favorite character from the Potterverse come back, and in the process of watching him or her pick up where they left off, would you actually feel happy seeing them running around while in the back of your mind feeling that their demise while standing up against He Who Must No- oh, f-it, Voldemort- was somehow cheapened by this act? And if their end kept them from being where they had been before their clocks had been punched, would you feel fine seeing characters that could not be who they had been before?

    This is Exhibit A for the definition of “Be Careful What You Wish For,” as the return of your favorite could well end up playing out like W. W. Jacobs’ “The Monkey’s Paw,” with a healthy dose of George Romero thrown at it…

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    1. But haven’t you ever wanted to rewrite a story and bring back to life the one character you didn’t think should have died and made someone else croak you think deserved it? Sirius would have kicked some serious a$$ had he been left to continue on. Do I think the story would have been better if he’d remained alive? I doubt it. Sirius’s death was quite effective. I just wish I’d been able to spend a bit more time with him before Bellatrix wasted him.

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    1. you know, I’ve never read any of the Star Wars books. Shame on me. I didn’t know they named their son after Anakin (the dark lord, Darth Vadar). That’s a twist I didn’t know about. Interesting.

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      1. Blasphemer! Robert Jordan. HUGE books, great fantasy Series. He started to get off the main series near the end there, but I am still looking forward to the “Last Battle” in the final book, even though it will be written by another author. I’d HIGHLY recommend them. MASSIVE world building.

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        1. I do need to take that back. I’ve read The Eye of the World and The Great Hunt. Then I got stuck on Tad Williams and read a lot of his books. Then I found Raymond Feist and have read every single one of his books. Talk about world building! I like his style much better than George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones fame).

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    1. So sad for Harry. I really loved Sirius. I sobbed when he died. I kept thinking she’d bring him back, that he only went to the other side with the voices. It broke my heart when he died.

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