Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Where are they now?

One of the staples of the newspaper business is the "where are they now" story.

People really do wonder whatever happened to those folks who made headlines for one reason or another.

We all get curious about our former classmates and colleagues. Typing in names from my high school and college days is one of my favorite things to do on Facebook and LinkedIn! Of course, then I'm disappointed when they, like me, have no photo.

But did you ever wonder what would happen to your favorite characters from literature?

Entire novels have been written to answer such questions (see "Mrs. de Winter" or "Scarlett"). They generally fall short of the original work.

But a little speculation is always fun.

Check out these possibilities.

A few of my own thoughts:

Harold (He of Purple Crayon fame): Drew himself a wonderful life for his wife Violet and their daughter Lilac.

Robert Langdon: After solving so many international intrigues, Langdon moved to a deserted island in the South Pacific. These days he can be overheard muttering symbolism, schmybolism.

Edward Cullen: Has gone vegetarian.

- Tricia Ambrose


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