Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Top Ten Minor Characters

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If you can't come up with ten, don't worry about it---post as many as you can!

This is ridiculously difficult - I've tried to keep it to PROPERLY minor characters, people who make fleeting appearances. I've then totally ignored that at least once to choose the central character of a book because she's minor from the series as a whole's point of view. Oh, and I've got a real person in there.

No order, bad enough picking them!

There may be some tiny spoilers but shouldn't be anything major.

1. Aunt Ada Doom from Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons - Confined to her room after seeing "something nasty in the woodshed", what happens to Ada at the end of the novel is incredibly unexpected but works perfectly.

2. Mia's Grandpa from If I Stay by Gayle Forman - A tiny appearance but an important one, with a really heartbreaking speech to Mia.

3. Chris Spitler from The Last Amateurs by John Feinstein - Despite not being fictional, sticking him in there. Almost certainly the basketball player with the most heart in this entire wonderful book.

4. Bronwyn from Amy and Roger's Epic Detour - Just read and loved this; Bronwyn was brilliant because she played a huge part in helping Amy start to come to terms with her father's death.

5. Barbara Chester from The Chalet School series by Elinor M Brent-Dyer - One of my favourite Chalet girls despite getting one book focusing on her and then basically disappearing into the background. Clever, sensible, and deserved to be much more in the forefront of things.

6. Garfield from Chinaman by Shehan Karunatilaka - Named after one cricketer and forever overshadowed by his father's obsession with another, the errant son of narrator Karunasena is an especially memorable character in a book full of great ones.

7. The owl-eyed man from The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald - Like Mia's grandpa, just for a short speech right at the end which is perfect.

8. Julia Ingledew from the Charlie Bone series by Jenny Nimmo - The Charlie Bone series has so many amazing characters that it's practically impossible to pick a favourite, but I'll go for one of the more minor, yet still important one's - Emma Tolly's Aunt Julia, who despite being caught up in a strange world of magic without any power of her own always manages to help Charlie and his friends.

9. Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series by J K Rowling - Just a lovely, wonderful, sweet character. I love the way she helps Harry right at the very end of the book as well.

10. Phyllis from Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher - More than just a servant to Judith Dunbar and her family, she's a true and loyal friend.

1 comment:

  1. You did good coming up with ten characters. I couldn't off the top of my head. I would have to write them down. I did like Luna from the Harry Potter series. She was the complete opposite of Hermione. And I liked that most about her.