I’m one of those innately greedy readers who get obsessed with a character or series and therefore can be found shrieking, “BUT I WANT TO KNOW MORE. I WANT TO KNOW EVERYTHING.” Which leads me to daydream and compose wishlists of prequel books I would like. I want to know the childhoods of the heroes and villains! I want to know what made them who they are!
I WANT TO KNOW WHAT KIND OF KID THEY WERE. *
Ergo, I present to you this list of childhood prequel novels I need.
I also fully confess to the gargantuan amount of villains listed here…but pfft. Villainy is
the best very interesting. No one wakes up one day and randomly says to their cornflakes, “Hey I want to split my soul into 7 pieces and lose my nose”. ** So what exactly is the thought process behind their motivations? VILLAINS ARE SO INTERESTING, YES?!
I’m linking up with Top Ten Tuesday for their prompt “coming of age stories for adult characters you love“ and there are a lot of photos this week. BUT I HAVE NO REGRETS.
* This is very important after all. Your childhood can tell you a LOT about a person. For instance, my sister and I used to reenact the Roman Colosseum games on our trampoline. We called it “lion tamer” which was rubbish because we pretend to KILL EACH OTHER. We had a normal, healthy childhood I’m sure. Look at me now, after all.
** VOLDEMORT REFERENCE OF COURSE.
1. MARCUS ~ HALF BAD TRILOGY
99% of the reason I’m mentioning this is because I HAVE A LOT OF HALF BAD FEELS RIGHT NOW. This trilogy is incredible. You see that moaning heart-bleeding puddle on the floor? YEAH THAT’S ME AFTER THE FINALE. I’m okay. I’ll be fine. #lies
BUT MOVING FORWARD! Nathan’s father, Marcus, is arguably the most evil black witch of ever. SO THEY SAY. I would love his origin story. Especially since he fraternised with the enemy of witch witches — ergo Nathan, half blood, exists. More details on Marcus childhood/teenagerdom please.
2. WARNER ~ SHATTER ME SERIES
I honestly don’t remember this story enough. NOT ENOUGH. I want to reread the entire trilogy and drown in Warner feels again. Ahem. Least to say anti-hero’s tortured childhood pasts = yes I would like to read it.
WHAT BOOKWORM WANTS SANITY ANYWAY???
3. KAZ ~ SIX OF CROWS
We did get a little of Kaz’s past, but NOT ENOUGH. This dude is a mastermind and I still don’t really understand why he wears gloves all the time. I want answers. Basically I just want more books about Kaz. Infinite books about his dastardly deeds.
4. MORPHEUS ~ SPLINTERED TRILOGY
While we get the tiniest sandwich of a glimpse at his childhood in Untamed — it ain’t enough. I want Morpheus’ story from the beginning. FROM CATERPILLAR DAYS. I want to know exactly when he started being so sassily fabulous.
(He was probably born that way, to be honest.)
(Similar to me.)
5. ANY TARGARYEN EVER ~ GAME OF THRONES
“But, Cait,” you say, “weren’t all the Targeryen’s insane and mad?”
“WHY YES,” I reply, “YES OF COURSE. HENCE I WANT TO READ MORE ABOUT THEM.”
Particularly since they had fabulous hair and also pet dragons that ate castles. Dragons and fabulous hair are actually 94% of the reason I like this series. SO. More childhood stories, yes please and thankyou.
(The unfortunate thing about Game of Thrones is that the world is SO COMPLEX AND HUGE that I would literally trade my cake [which is a big deal] for backstories on SO MANY CHARACTERS. Brienne for starters. Jaime and Cersei. Ned Stark & Co. The Hound even. And will we get these stories? NOPE. BECAUSE GRRM WRITES LIKE THE SLOWEST FISH IN A JAR OF PEANUT BUTTER.)
(Also no I’m not watching Season 6. I’m stupidly waiting for the book…)
6. COUNT OLAF ~ A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS
As a kid I loathed him. As a pretend-adult, I want to know mooooore. Count Olaf is probably one of the most MYSTERIOUS characters in the series. Because he’s so evil and ruthless — AND THEN THERE WAS THAT THING WITH GENTLY RESCUING THE PREGNANT KIT SNICKET??? AND I HAVE FAN THEORIES OKAY?!?? What on earth made Count Olaf turn out like he did? What was his childhood like?
I BET HE’S NOT EVEN A COUNT.
7. KHALID ~ THE WRATH AND THE DAWN
Because anyone who has evil curses lurking around them needs a childhood backstory prequel. Or it’s possible I just want more books in this series because — I DIDN’T REALISE IT WAS ONLY A DUOLOGY. Weep with me, fiends. I wanted only 9 million books in this series.
I’VE BEEN ROBBED.
(Also my copy of The Rose & The Dagger has just been shipped! CUE SHRIEKS.)
8. HAYMITCH ~ THE HUNGER GAMES
Haymitch was 16 when he won the Hunger Games. According to this article, Haymitch has soooo much backstory — so can I just ask for it to be a book?! Please and thankyou?! PRESIDENT SNOW KILLED HIS FAMILY BECAUSE HE WON THE GAMES SNEAKILY. Plus he had an alliance with the girl from his district and apparently held her while she died? I feel Little!Haymitch’s pain from just a few paragraphs on a wiki article. WHAT WOULD A WHOLE BOOK BE LIKE???
9. THE WINCHESTER BROTHERS ~ SUPERNATURAL
This is 100% cheating. I REALISE. Although, to be fair, Supernatural does have a few books spun-off the TV show, right?! But I have 398398 pieces of feels from just catching up with Season 11 AND I NEED TO LET YOU KNOW I AM FEELING ALL THESE THINGS. (This show is my favourite, btw; in case it’s hard to tell.) We do get backflashes about Little!Dean and Little!Sam and their Horrible!Father. But more more more. I want to know more about how Dean raised his little brother and exactly how events unfolded to have Sam run away from the Hunting life.
Plus = fabulous hair again.
10. GANSEY ~ THE RAVEN CYCLE
My copy of The Raven King fiiiiiinally arrived. What have I been doing? ONLY REREADING PASSAGES AND PETTING IT. Also sniffling softly to myself. (A phrase here which means “Howling loudly at anyone who will listen”.) Ahem. IT’S BEAUTIFUL. Coincidentally you can read my review on Goodreads if you wish it.
Now, Gansey. Ahhhhh, Gansey. I still think we have TOO MANY MISSING YEARS of dear King Gansey. Particularly all those years he roamed the entire world and how did his parents let him do that??? All that time in England? When he just up and abandoned Mallory? What about how he met Ronan? They are like BROTHERS. But what started that?
BASICALLY I JUST WANT MORE.
Which, also coincidentally, is exactly what Maggie Stiefvater said she wanted her readers to feel. Darn her evil plans.
OKAY NOW I WISH TO HEAR FROM YOU, MORTALS. what characters do you wish had childhood-prequel-stories? do you agree with any of mine? aaaand is it just me or are the villains the most intriguing ones? (link me to your TTT posts too!)