Good morrow! If you’ve been following along, you know I’ve been working my way through The End of the Year Survey as created by Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner. I follow her pattern pretty closely, but now I want to take a brief interlude in the proceedings to talk about secondary characters.
Protagonists, antagonists, and love interests garner the most talk in the survey, and rightly so. However, being a character-focused reader, I often find myself falling most deeply in love with the supporting characters that aid or hinder our main characters and prop up the bulk of the plot, and so I thought they deserved their own list.
Rules for making the list:
- They must be actual secondary or tertiary characters. So no love interests (I still love you, Sturmhond and Niklaas and Gansey and…!), antagonists (sorry, Mr. Darkling, sir, don’t kill me), or any main characters that shares a POV (so as much as I love Titus and Iolanthe, since both helm the narrative, neither qualifies.)
- They must be well-rounded. How well-rounded will depend on how much page time they receive, but I don’t want any one-trick ponies on my list.
- I have to know who they are. What I mean by that is that I don’t need more than a name to remember why I love them so much.
- They have to be cool enough that I would follow them to a spinoff novel all their own. Continue Reading →