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OH MY BOOKS WHOEVER PUT THIS ONE IN THE QUEUE THANK YOU FOR THIS TOPIC. I AM SO EXCITED AUGH AUGH AUGH. I AM ALL CAPS EXCITED RIGHT NOW.
I tried to avoid love interests or jilted love triangle characters, because they’re like lead characters in the sense that they’re developed because they almost have to be. These are purely secondary characters, people the authors have developed just because they’re good authors. They didn’t HAVE to be round but they made the story so much better because they were dynamic and well-crafted.
Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters
1. Ari and Janco from Maria V. Snyder’s “Study” series – I LOVE THEM. They’re like big brothers for Yelena, and in the way of good big bros, they recognize that she’s got difficult things or people in her life and they teach her how to kick those things in the tail and be all “I can save the world while I wear this uncomfortable outfit. COME AT ME BRO.”
2. Genya in “Shadow and Bone” by Leigh Bardugo – hey look! A beautiful, talented female secondary character who isn’t mean, legitimately wants to help the heroine, and has stayed positive despite having been forced into some horrible circumstance. She’s not some generic best friend placeholder. She has personality and traits that stand out and identify her from the faceless masses of YA-best-frienditude.
3. Derek in the “Kate Daniels” series by Ilona Andrews – Derek, you are amazing. You start out as this smartass, “gonna show this little girl who is tough here” character, and then Curran forces you to serve her and basically turns you into Kate’s fiercest ally almost by accident. But do you stop there? No, you do not. Bad things happen to you and you are STILL tough and awesome and loyal.
4. The sister in The Edumacation of Jay Baker by Jay Clark – she lets her awkward brother sleep on the floor in her room, and they have these “floor parties.” It’s common enough that both of them have done it, it’s no big deal, and they talk about whatever is bothering them. Obviously I have a weakness for sibling love. It was adorable and I loved their not-really-antagonistic relationship. (I’m pretty sure I got the right book here. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.)
5. Zuzana in Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – she has personality disproportionate to her tiny size, and then tracks Karou down into the freakin otherworld in Days of Blood and Starlight. She gets all the BFF points.
6. Luna Lovegood in “Harry Potter” – BECAUSE LUNA.
7. Morgan and Isabelle in “Keeping the Moon” by Sarah Dessen – I love their friendship. It’s not perfect. They fight, they say hurtful but true things, they say things they don’t mean in the heat of the moment, they share a love of music, but most importantly, they accept Colie and teach her about friendship.
8. Moko in “Skip Beat!” by Yoshiki Nakamura – I know I bring up this manga a lot, but you guys. It is brilliant. Kyoko is this girl who never had female friends growing up because of her close friendship with Shotaro, the boy that all the girls loved. Then Kyoko founds out Sho was using her after they moved to Tokyo, and their relationship is done. Who fills the emotional gap? You think it’d be Ren, the one we KNOW Kyoko will end up with because hello, it’s shojo manga. BUT! BUT! Moko is there to be that female friend, the one that Kyoko can go shopping with, go for ice cream with, buy birthday presents for … all the normal, adolescent things she never got to do because of her childhood. Moko is standoffish and often rude and somewhat arrogant, but Kyoko’s puppy eyes can melt her and make her act out of character. And now I’m rambling and I have the Skip Beat feels. Please excuse me.
9. Bast in The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss – we have a tortured hero who has become a man of legend, is still quite young, and we don’t know WHAT has happened to him except that it’s tragic and dangerous and probably totally epic. Bast is one of the fae who genuinely loves his friend Kvothe, and is determined to see him regain his former self and attain happiness. We don’t know how they met or what exactly their student-teacher relationship means, but we know that Bast has powerful magic, yet still respects Kvothe as his superior. We’ve only tapped the surface of both characters! Now I’m practically drooling for book 3.
10. Andrea from “Kate Daniels” – another character from the Kate world because HOLY CRAP the Andrews duo writes amazing secondary characters. This world is chock full of supporting characters who are good, bad, and inbetween. Seriously, I could do an entire post on my appreciation for the various secondary characters in the Kate world. But I digress. Andrea has a secret that I won’t reveal because you know, it’s a major spoiler. She’s ridiculously knowledgable about weapons, she’s tough as nails, and when her boyfriend gives her crap, she does not take it.
Y’all I loved this topic. I could go on and on but it’s just 10. *skips off to reread all the things*
Who were your favorite supporting characters? Sound off in comments!