Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Top Ten Minor Characters




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Hello friends. Tahleen here. This week it is my turn (after a long TTT absence) to let you know what my very favorite minor characters in literature. We all know that, though the hero or heroine of each novel might be the main focus and the character we spend the most time with, the minor characters can really be the ones that get to us. Here are my (very heavily YA—sorry!) top ten.


Note: There might be spoilers for some of the books I mentioned. Be warned.


1. Al from Divergent by Veronica Roth. I loved Al from when we first met him, when he was sobbing in his bed. I was really hoping he would make it through to the final 10, and I'm not ashamed to admit I shed a few tears here and there when it came to him.


2. Janco from Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. I love this guy. He's like the big brother I always wanted, plus he can really kick some ass.


3. The Weasley family from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Do I really need to explain this one? I love the Weasleys and would REALLY love to be one of them. I'd even settle for being a distant cousin who only got to hang out with them on random holidays.


4. Boo Radley from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The ultimate "don't judge a book by its cover." Or judge a person by the stories you hear about them. Boo is awesome and a hero.


5. Raj from When the Stars Go Blue by Caridad Ferrer. Hilarious and completely lovable, plus he's a super friend. He also reminds me of a friend of mine from college, which makes him even more dear to me! Definitely the most fun character in the book.


6. The Mrs. Ws from A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. I will always get goosebumps every time I read the line, "There is such a thing as a tesseract."


7. Mr. Todd from Judy Moody by Megan McDonald. He's an awesome teacher, plus (and I know this is kind of cheating) but Jaleel White is going to play his part in the movie. Yes, THAT Jaleel White.


8. Radar from Paper Towns by John Green. I think I love every single thing about Radar. I want him to be my friend. And to see his parents' world's largest collection of black Santas.


9. Leah from the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. Okay, yes, I put a Twilight character on here. Sue me. But Leah is badass. She's the only female werewolf in the pack and has to deal with seeing her ex-boyfriend like every day, and be an underling to him. AND still be awesome. That girl has some attitude. I was seriously mad when Meyer kind of forgot about her toward the end. She doesn't get as much credit as she deserves.


10. Lester from Savvy by Ingrid Law. Really I love all the characters in this one; I think this book is a treasure. But Lester stands out because he drives a pink bus that sells pink Bibles. And lets four kids ride along with him to help them out.


Those are my top ten, though I'm sure I could think of many more if I had to. What are yours? Link up below!


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37 comments :

  1. YES TO RADAR! There's too many Ben love and too little Radar in Paper Towns fans, IMHO. I love, love, love him. :)

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  2. Janco is awesome! He and Ari really helped make the Study trilogy awesome. :D

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  3. really? my fave twilight minor character was Angela.

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  4. Agreed Janco is such a good choice.

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  5. Definitley agree with you on The Weasleys! I absolutely adored that family and wanted to be a par of them too. Or at least a good friend!

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  6. Boo Radley was a good choice, and I'm going to jump on the bandwagon and say yeahhh, Weasleys!

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  7. I also picked characters from Divergent and Paper Towns, but I went with Christina and Ben.

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  8. Great question this week! Can't wait to read Divergent :) *eyes the pretty sitting on the bookshelf*

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  9. This was a great (and extremetly difficult) topic this week. I also had Boo Radley!

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  10. Oh Al :( he broke my heart to a million pieces! Gahhhh

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  11. Good call on Boo Radley - very memorable character who, despite rarely being seen, really permeated the book from beginning to end.

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  12. I agree with Leah! She was so badass!

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    http://bookchewer-bookchewer.blogspot.com/

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  13. Boo is a great choice. I forgot about him.

    I also agree with you about Leah. I managed to keep Twilight off this week's list, but Leah is a great character and has great potential to be so much more than an almost ignored ex-girlfriend.

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  14. The Weasleys are awesome minor characters. I love them too!

    I was upset that Leah got forgotten as well. It seemed that Leah and Renee were just kind of tossed aside for the rest of the story to progress.

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  15. Tina, I completely agree. Ben is fun and I love him too, but he can also be a pain in the butt. Radar never really was for me, and he knew how to keep it real.

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  16. Ohh good call on Radar from paper towns! :)

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  17. oh DOOD! I love this list! I'm totally making one too, but first I gotta think about my answers. This is SUCH a good idea.

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  18. I completely agree with Leah...I really wanted to know what happened to her. Maybe Meyers should have wrote a book about her instead of Bree.

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  19. Great list! I love reading other people lists. I find myself thinking, oh, how did i not think of that?! Like the Weasley family or Boo Radley.

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  20. Awww...Boo Radley: Hadn't thought of him! And I chose Dobby rather than the Weasleys, but I see your point.

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  21. Leah, Boo, and the Weasleys are the only ones from books that I've read, and they are great choices!

    Definitely need to read some of these other works too!

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  22. It's really hard to remember the smaller characters, even though there's loads I know I wished were expanded upon.

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  23. This is such an awesome post!! I tried do a similar post a few weeks back after being inspired by character research but I couldn't think of ten memorable minor characters! Your memory is clearly far better than mine. Great post.

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  24. ok mine are up! Wow that took a lot of thinking ;)

    http://amandapearlsbooks.blogspot.com/2011/05/top-ten-tuesday-51711-top-minor.html

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  25. I just finished the Harry Potter series for the first time, and I totally love the Weasleys, too. I cried the more at Fred's death than the deaths of any of the other characters.

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  26. Divergent has gone to the top of my list after reading this - it's been in the back of my mind for a while, but now I need to get a copy!

    Your blog is wonderful - I hope it is okay but I have added you to the blogroll on my website: http://www.lisathom.co.uk

    :)

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  27. Oooh I wish I had thought of Leah! Great picks all around though. :)

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  28. I love this topic! Sometimes I forget how awesome minor characters can be. Great list.

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  29. Excellent list! I love the Weasleys too. Just finished Divergent-Al is a great choice. Sigh. My list is finally up: http://wp.me/pzUn5-qz

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  30. This was difficult! Thanks for reminding me of some of the characters I normally do not think about.

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  31. I totally agree on Boo and Leah- great choices!!

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  32. I don't think I would classify the Weasleys or Boo Radley as minor...but that's your choice!

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  33. Jennifer, they aren't main characters so that's why I included them. The guidelines I was given were supporting characters or very minor characters. I suppose "minor" may not have been the best word, but I stand by my choices.

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  34. I love the Mrs. W's! I must go back and re-read those books some time soon...

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  35. First time for me ! I linked a little late, but I had it done last week !

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