I'm really excited about this bloghop, hosted by Rachel Schieffelbein, Theresa Paolo, Kelley Lynn, Jessica Salyer, Jenny Morris, and Suzi Retzlaff. I love secondary characters (who doesn't?), often more than the main characters. I tried to just pick a handful to list here, but it was awfully hard to parse it down (though it's easier since I'm refraining from including TV). So in no particular order...
- Fred Weasley/Remus Lupin/Nymphadora Tonks/Minerva McGonagall/Seamus Finnegan/Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter, JK Rowling) - OK, so maybe this one should be titled "Everyone in Harry Potter but Harry." I was going to say Ron/Hermione, but they're really more main characters than secondary, so I went with this gaggle instead. Let's be honest. The secondary characters in Harry Potter were way better than Harry. They were so well-developed and complex on their own, and they had a million possibilities. I can't even explain why I was so in love with Seamus, but I just thought he was awesome. I think it was because he burned his eyebrows off. McGonagall was stern, but she had an obvious soft spot for Harry that endeared me to her. Remus and Tonks complemented each other perfectly. Fred was hysterical (so was George, but he didn't invite a girl to the Yule Ball by yelling across the Common Room to her). And Luna was... Luna had the confidence I always wished I had. She was so weird, but she pulled it off because she knew who she was and no one could tell her differently.
- Dill Harris (To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee) - There are a lot of reasons to love Dill. He was goofy and weird. He loved adventures. He was brave. But the strongest memory I have from reading To Kill a Mockingbird is right after Atticus loses the trial, when Dill is so upset by the verdict that he goes outside and throws up. He was, what, 7 or 8 years old? And even he knew that the real crime had been perpetrated in the courtroom.
- Jeremy Danvers (Women of the Otherworld, Kelley Armstrong) - I'm not 100% sure he counts as a secondary character because Otherworld has more of an ensemble cast, but he doesn't narrate any of the main books and he only appears as the male lead in one (and a couple short stories), so I'm counting him. Jeremy's pretty much the perfect person. He's smart, he's confident, he's unfailingly selfless, plus he's got that sexy alpha werewolf thing going on. In the last book of the series, I caught myself speed-reading through parts of the book just to get back to the scenes he was in.
- Kyle Brooks/Ben (Mercy Thompson, Patricia Briggs) - With the exception of Harry Potter, I was trying to pick only one from each series, but I just couldn't choose between Kyle and Ben, though I love them for very different reasons. Kyle is the comic relief. He's tough in his own way, but he's better with a quick word than a physical cut down. Ben's the opposite. Plus he has that whole horrible past thing that makes characters so sympathetic. He's also fiercely loyal, but you have to dig a bit to find that part of him.
- Tod Hudson (Soul Screamers, Rachel Vincent) - Um, best comic relief ever? He's completely irreverent and he doesn't care who knows it, which makes pretty much every line out of his mouth golden. But he knows how to bring the serious when he needs to, and his insight is occasionally incredibly surprising.
- Cinna (Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins) - I wasn't going to do a Hunger Games one, but how could I not include Cinna? The sole voice of optimism in a flood of doom and gloom. He made Katniss feel better about everything that was happening and, in doing so, made us feel better too.
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone else's favorites too!