Sometimes secondary characters are way more awesome than main characters.
This week’s prompt is: Top 10 Secondary Characters You Wish Would Get Their OWN Book
1. Morpheus from Splintered and Unhinged
This cannot be a surprise to you. I mention Morpheus like every second Top Ten Tuesday post. But with good reason. Morpheus is a crafty little con artist. And he has a million secrets and a backstory longer than Oraculum (that’s a calendar of the entire history of the world, by the way). Morpheus could easily fill his own book.
Plus more backstory on Wonderland? More knowledge about the wars and Wonderlands sneaky but infatuating dangerous fangs? YES, PLEASE.
2. Chaol from Throne of Glass
3. Halt from Rangers Apprentice
Because this would be the most hilarious and amazing book in the entire of the galactic universe. Halt is wickedly awesome in his later years, but what was it like when he ran around with Crowley? Did he make stupid mistakes like Will did? Was he always a fantastic Ranger?
Also it would be interesting to see him as he trained up his first apprentice, Gilan.
5. Caleb from Divergent
Sure Caleb has a pretty big part in ALL the books (despite me originally thinking he’d fade out after book 1…ha. I was so naive and pathetic). But he never narrates. Caleb makes decisions in Divergent that totally throw Tris (the narrator) off. He’s never been the simple clean-cut Abnegation boy.
But what was he really thinking all that time in Erudite? Did he mean all the mean stuff he said? How did he really feel in Allegiant when Tris wouldn’t talk to him? CALEB. I vary between loving and hating him, but this dude — yes. I would like to read a book by him.
6. Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events
Yes, the dude is despicable. Yes, I hate him with 99% of my soul. But…but…do you remember that part in book 13 The End where Olaf saves Kit Snicket even though he’s wounded? He didn’t have to. He could’ve maintained his evil demeanour and let her die on the bookshelf in the ocean (you’ve got to read it, you just do). BUT HE BROKE DOWN.
How did Olaf get so wicked? What provoked the beginning of his wickedness? Did he ever love Kit Snicket?!
7. Roza in Rose Under Fire
Um, yes, I’m aware this is the first girl on my list. I feel mildly guilty. But ROZA, peoples. She’s one of the “rabbits” in a Nazi concentration camp and the most dynamic piece of extraordinary fabulous known to humankind. She hides from her pain in a shell of complete snarky bitterness. She’s mean. And she’s wonderful.
She’s only 16 in the book and she’s had these torturous operations until she’s crippled. I…I am in awe of her. Not only is she still alive, she’s fighting with everything she’s got. And her friendship with Rosie is just phenomonal. I could cry.
8. Alaska in Looking for Alaska
This is one messed up little popsicle of psycho. You don’t get much more outrageous and dangerous and blindingly full of life than Alaska. I appreciate that the book was narrated by Pudge…sometimes people are best viewed from a distance. But I would’ve loved to see the entire thing from Alaska’s point of view.
9. Warner from Ignite Me
10. Johanna Mason from Mockingjay
Two things have become clear to me as I wrote this post.
1) I listed to many humans of the male species. But this kind of makes sense because a lot of YA books are narrated by girls, so the secondary characters are often dudes.
2) I like tragic characters so super much I wish they all had their own books.
And you know what? I’m okay with this. Tragic characters are my favourite. Heart wrenching backstories and snarky, bitter and witty temperaments to cover that? Bring it on.
Now I just need to either a) beg the authors to write these books, or b) rule the world and decree they should be made. Freedom of choice is overrated anyway. Haven’t you heard Loki’s speeches?
Cait is reading City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare and sort of crying because it’s freakishly huge. She likes it. BUT IT’S HUGE. She is also mildly sad that her days of pretending to be a Shadowhunter are nearly over. Besides bemoaning this fact, she been cooking cupcakes (maybe more Peeta than Shadowhunter?) and drawing Mockingjays because…MOCKINGJAY MOVIE SOON.