Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters


1. Anyone from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Each character in these books are amazing. I love that nothing is black and white, and each character is complex and realistic – magic notwithstanding. Neville, Luna, Snape, Dumbledore, Hagrid, Dobby, the Weasleys, the Dursleys, McGonagall... there are so many I love, and love to hate.

2. Jeffrey Lu in Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey. Jeffrey was one of the highlights of Jasper Jones for me. I loved his cheekiness and positivity, and was rooting for him in the cricket match and beyond.

3. Anyone in David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. My favourite thing about Dickens is the quirky collection of characters in all his books, but David Copperfield is a particular fave. Betsey Trotwood, Mr Micawber and Uriah Heep (shudder) are some of the most memorable literary characters ever.

4. Finnick and Cinna in the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. I couldn't pick between these two. I love them both and they make me want to cry.

5. Jimmy in Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta. One of my fave characters ever. I missed him in The Piper's Son, so I was super excited when Marchetta said Jimmy had popped back in her head and would be in an upcoming book!

6. Matthew Cuthbert in Anne of Green Gables. I can't say anything more because I will start to cry. Not even joking.

7. Squire Hamley in Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell. The old fashioned, rough-around-the-edges squire with a big heart is great on the page, but even better as portrayed by Michael Gambon in the 1999 mini-series. Fave line: "I'm not saying she was very silly, but one of us was very silly and it wasn't me."

8. Mrs Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I know Mrs Bennet isn't everyone's fave, but she just makes me laugh - especially when combined with her weary but witty husband.

9. Mia's family from If I Stay by Gayle Foreman. Another one that makes me cry. It was so nice to come across a genuine, close family in a YA book. Of course, they don't stay that way... sigh.

10. Hareton in Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Heathcliff who? Seriously, I am so not a fan of abusive abuser Heathcliff. Hareton on the other hand, is an actual puppy dog who I want to adopt.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

19 comments:

  1. I loved Cinna too :-) I also think any Harry Potter secondary character is awesome! But I went with Luna and Neville.

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    1. They are definitely in the top for me.

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  2. I love Dickens and haven't ever read David Copperfield--must get on it :) I chose another character from The Hunger Games, but I am seeing Cinna's name pop up and truthfully that is a very good choice.

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    1. David Copperfield is one of my all-time favourite books.

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  3. I love how so many of your picks are from the classics (many of which I'm ashamed to admit I haven't read yet). I have to agree with you on every character in Harry Potter as well as those in The Hunger Games. Both Rowling and Collins have managed to create such vibrant, rich characters full of depth (and often, despair). They all kill me in such a beautiful way.

    I'd also have to add Inigo Montoya from TPB, Roar from Under the Never Sky series as well as Sturmhond from The Grisha series to my list.

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    1. I guess they're classics for a reason - like the amazing characters :) Inigo is awesome, and Fezzik, I cannot believe I forgot them!!

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  4. Haha! I loved that you just went with everyone from Harry Potter! I actually refrained from putting any of them on my list because I didn't want to have to choose =P

    Emily @ Falling For YA

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    1. There are too many to choose from!

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  5. I had a hard time picking my favorite HP character too. There's just so many to choose from. Mrs. Bennet makes me laugh as well. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one who likes Mrs B

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  6. So many of these! Definitely Uriah Heep. Dora as well - who I always thought of as "dumb Dora." Harry Potter obviously.

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    1. Such a great character, even if he is minor.

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  8. Number 1 made me laugh! So TRUE! aww i forgot about Cinna, definitely a favorite of mine too and I love that you choose Mia's family! That didn't even occur to me!

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    1. I'm annoyed coz I forgot the characters from The Princess Bride!

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  9. OMG MATTHEW CUTHBERT!

    I love Matthew, he's so adorable, and it's so clear to see how much better his life is with Anne in it. I love Marilla and Rachel as well, they're all awesome.

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    1. Yes, so many great characters in that series.

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