Why I'm looking forward to seeing Tracy Beaker as a grown-up single mum
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In very exciting news, Jacqueline Wilson announced last week that she was revisiting her famous character, Tracy Beaker, a staple of all our childhoods, as a grown up with a daughter of her own. Whilst there can be doubts about authors revisiting their child characters as adults, with some feeling that fictional children should remain that way forever, personally, I'm really excited about getting to see Tracy Beaker as a grownup single mum. I can certainly understand the hesistancy. Seeing child characters as grownups is not always something that has gone well, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is a prime example of that. The most recent outing of Harry Potter with our favourite characters as grownups went down like a sour pill for most fans (although apparently seeing the story on stage as it was meant to be, is much better, and personally, I didn't mind The Cursed Child). We have a certain nostalgia attached to the characters we loved in our childhoods and I think because of that, we want them to remain as we remember them forever. We don't want them to have to face the same difficulties and struggles that we have growing up, we don't want them to change. We would rather make up our own endings to their stories. However for me, I am nosy. I want to know what my favourite authors envision for their characters after their stories are over. Sure I can make up stories for myself, but if there's a chance that I get to see where my favourite authors think their characters are going to be as grown-ups then I'm surely going to take it!
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