Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Second Fiddlers

This week's Top Ten Tuesday prompt from The Broke and the Bookish is "Top Ten Books with ___________ Characters."  I'm going to focus on "unforgettable secondary characters" which is kind of a vague way of saying this is my Top Ten Books With Secondary Characters I Care More About Than the Main Characters.

I have a habit with becoming extremely fond of side characters.  Who, in turn, have a habit of getting killed off and making me very sad.  But that doesn't happen to all of them, whew.  Here are ten books/series where my favorite character is actually not the main one.  If I've reviewed the book, I've linked its title to my review.

And Now Tomorrow by Rachel Field.  As much as I like Emily Blair, it's Dr. Merek Vance I read the book for.  This is probably a direct result of him being played by Alan Ladd in the movie version, I admit it.

Eragon (and entire series) by Christopher Paolini.  Eragon's okay, but his cousin Roran Stronghammer gets all my attention and allegiance in the series.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schafer and Annie Barrows.  Not that I don't like Juliet Ashton, cuz I do.  But I LOVE so many of the minor characters, especially Dawsey Adams and Isola Pribby.

Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling.  My favorite character is Sirius Black.  He's barely in most of the books, and gets talked about more often than he actually shows up, but I don't care. 

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.  The only character in the book I liked much at all was Dustfinger.  I loved Dustfinger.  (I like the movie TONS better than the book.)

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott.  Granted it's been over a decade since I read this, but as I remember it, Wilfred of Ivanhoe was an unrealistically good and flawless character.  Both Brian du Bois Guilbert and Rebecca were millions of times more interesting than he is.  So was Wamba.  And Robin Hood.

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson.  Here's another one where I do really love the main character.  But Alan Breck Stuart is just so many kinds of amazing and wonderful that David Balfour kind of pales in comparison.

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien.  Boromir is only in about half of one of the three books.  And he is absolutely my favorite character.  Though Sam does run him a reasonably close second -- and he's not really the main character either.

Middlemarch by George Eliot.  Dorothea is a fascinating, nuanced, real-seeming character.  But every time Ladislaw shows up, I just pay attention to him instead.

Rilla of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery.  I'm probably going to be stoned for this opinion, but I don't like Rilla Blythe much at all.  I make it through this book by paying attention to Susan, who is loads more interesting.

Okay, that's it for this week.  Did you do a TTT post this week?  If so, what sorts of characters did you focus on?


  1. I love a good minor character! HP is full of them. I love Hermione, Hagrid, Dumbledore, and all of the Weasleys way more than I care about Harry himself.

    Great list!

    1. Susan, that's so true. My top 5 characters in HP are Sirius, Snape, Ron, Hermione, and probably McGonagall. None of them the lead!

      Thanks :-)

  2. Re: Ivanhoe - I think my favorite character was actually King Richard. Which I'm not sure was Scott's intent. XD

    I love Alan Breck, one of the most underrated characters of all time. Boromir, too!

    1. Marian, Richard was awesome too! I just finished watching the 1997 BBC version for the first time, and he was quite interesting in that.

      I love to find people who like Alan Breck! He's just super fun, isn't he? And Boromir is so dear to my heart :-)

  3. I really, really need to read Harry Potter. I've heard so many awesome things about that series. Plus I just got sorted into Slytherin--I need to find out what all the fuss is about ;-)

    I love Rilla Blythe, but I also love Susan and I can definitely see why she would be your favorite. She's a bit like Emma in "The Man on the Buckskin Horse," isn't she?

    1. Jessica, you should! I'd be VERY interested by your take on them.

      And haha! You're right, Susan and Emma do both have that "feisty, no-nonsense, kind-hearted" vibe going on, huh?

  4. Boromir is a good choice...though I like Faramir even more (his treatment in the films is my only serious complaint with the films).

    1. Thanks, Joseph. I know a lot of people who like Faramir better than Boromir. He's definitely easier to like.


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