SOME FAMOUS fictional teens of all time have put on a few years. If they aged like the rest of us, here’s how old they would be …
1. HUCKLEBERRY FINN
Age then: 14 in Mark Twain’s classic, published in 1884.
Age now: 144
Status: Dead. He would’ve been gone by 1940, age 70. He was a smoker.
2. ÁNTONIA SHIMERDA
Then: 14 at the start of Willa Cather’s My Ántonia, published 1918.
Now: 110 (actually, she aged a lot in the book and would be even older)
Status: Dead. A hard farm life and an unhappy marriage might have finished her off by 1960, when she would’ve been 56. Too bad. She would’ve made a great grandma.
3. NANCY DREW
Then: 16 in her first book (The Secret of the Old Clock), 1930.
Status: Dead. The young sleuth had wholesome habits and came from money, but c’mon. She might’ve made it to 90, though. Angela Lansbury (Jessica Fletcher in “Murder, She Wrote”) is 89 now. Sleuthing can’t be that bad for you.
4. BETTY BOOP
Then: 16 (according to her creator, Max Fleischer) when introduced in 1932.
Status: Dead. Betty had charm and pizzazz, but she was a non-stop partier who started awfully young. The late nights and hard drinking could have done in her in by the mid-’60s, when she was nearing 50.
5. ARCHIE ANDREWS
Then: 17 when introduced in Pep Comics in 1941.
Status: Alive and still undecided about which 90-year-old he wants to end up with, ancient Veronica or decrepit Betty.
6. HOLDEN CAULFIELD
Then: 17 in J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye (1951), although he was describing events from his 16th year.
Status: Salinger lived to be 91, so maybe Holden is holding on somewhere. Then again, he was another smoker.
7. PONYBOY CURTIS
Then: 14 in S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders (1967).
Status: He’s fine if he left the gang fighting behind him, although Ponyboy is no name for a near-senior citizen.
8. BABY HOUSEMAN
Then: 17 with release of Dirty Dancing in 1987.
Status: Married to Johnny Castle? Nah. She put him in a corner a long time ago. She’s on her second marriage with a couple of kids, including a 17-year-old daughter who can’t dance and rarely leaves her room.
9. HARRY POTTER
Then: 13 with the release of J.K. Rowling’s third book in the famous young wizard series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999).
Status: As readers of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007) know, Harry married the former Ginny Weasley and they would have had two kids, James and Albus Severus, by now. Strange fact: the whole family dresses up as Death Eaters for Halloween.
10. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE
Then: 17 with the release of Napoleon Dynamite in 2004.
Status: Divorced from Deb, he’s campaign manager and chief of staff for Idaho congressman Pedro Sanchez.