It’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday! This week’s topic: Favorite Minor Characters.
I’ve been having so much trouble with this one, you guys! I will be the first to admit that my memory isn’t the best, so trying to think of my favorite minor characters (that weren’t all just from Harry Potter) was SUPER difficult for me.
Here’s what I came up with…
Smokey Lonesome (Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe – Fannie Flagg)
Something about this character pulled me in; I just felt so much compassion for him. I also loved that he was willing to stand up for his friends, even against someone who could easily have taken him down.
Calixte (Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor)
I loved this character. She was charismatic, feisty, and wasn’t afraid to stick up for herself. She also didn’t rag on the main character, Lazlo (with whom I felt an immediate kinship) just because he was bookish, unlike a lot of the other characters.
Rubeus Hagrid (Harry Potter – JK Rowling)
Well, I had to give myself one! 😉 I LOVE Hagrid. I always have. He’s compassionate towards the children and animals, extremely loyal to those he deems worthy, and just so…well…lovable! (Side note: I still think Robbie Coltrane was the best casting in the entire HP series. He completely epitomized my Hagrid!)
And, now, since I’m having so much trouble with this category…I’m going to cheat a bit and give you three books where the minor characters turn into the main characters!
Welcome to Night Vale (Joseph Fink & Jeffery Cranor)
The authors of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast took a handful of very minor characters and an even more minor subplot and managed to turn it into a brilliant novel-length adventure, delving into parts unknown for parts even more unknown.
NPCs (Drew Hayes)
In this book, the NPCs (non-player characters) in a role playing game end up having to become the heroes they usually despise in order to save their town from a tyrannical king. It’s actually a really great story about finding strength you didn’t know you had.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here (Patrick Ness)
Ever wonder what it’s like to live in an apocalyptic town when you aren’t the hero? This book reads like a John Green novel set in the Buffy Universe, but focuses on the kids who aren’t trying to save the world.
So give a girl a hand, who are some of YOUR favorite minor characters?