There’s nothing like reading a book and quickly hissing, “What were you thinking????” at the characters.
This usually happens for two main reasons, which are: (1) the character just did something really ridiculous and you want to reach through the page and shake ’em. Or (2) you actually don’t know what that character is thinking because it’s not in their perspective.
Obviously no one wants to read a book with 93804 million perspectives. My ability to cope maxes out at about 4 points-of-view thank you very much lmao. And I have read books with multiple narrators and there’s always that ONE who you mutter, “I so so so don’t care, move along” whenever you have to suffer through their chapters. So I am by no means shouting for omnipresent books. Haha…wow please no.
But. Hear me out:
On occasion you pick up a book and there’s just that ONE SIDE CHARACTER who you wish you could see inside their head. *
* WOW. THIS POST, STARRING CAIT = WRITING THE CREEPIEST LINES.
So today I want to write about…
5 side-characters who I’d give anything to read the book again by their perspective!
And by “give anything”, I mean I would sell a sister or someone else’s lung to achieve this. And I still love these books AS IS. I just want version #2 as well haha. (What? I can dream.)
(Also never fear! NO SPOILERS HERE!)
All I can say is: CARDAN. WHAT ARE YOU THINKING. I am maddeningly in love with this book ok?! This whole series. We only have Jude’s limited 1st person perspective, which is crucial for the plot — because we’re stuck in a realm of schemes and tricksters and people who’ll murder to get ahead. We are with Jude as she doesn’t know who to trust and spirals into this lump of anxiety. And whenever she’s like: “Whose side is Cardan on?????” We don’t know either! NOBODY KNOWS.
DOES CARDAN KNOW???
I freaking want to know what he’s thinking. He has an agenda. But what. And whose. And does he love Jude or not? Sob.
This is my new series obsession! I say it’s “underrated” because I don’t see nearly enough people talking about it, or The Last Namsara. But they seem pretty highly ranked on Goodreads so! Maybe I’m in the wrong fan circles? Anyway I LOVE THEM. They’re intense, complicated fantasies with characters you would, 10/10, share the last sandwich on earth with. Also there are dragons.
In the sequel it’s all narrated by Roa (who I LOVE) but I would so so give anything for an entire book by Dax’s perspective. He is a schemer masquerading as a Hufflepuff and aghasfoshg I love that trope. He also has a learning disability and grew up needing to be this tough, heir to a tyrant king. Little Dax getting abused for this??? I want to know how he became who he is!!!
You already know how much I absolutely ADORE this book (I’ve read it 3 x times! My TBR hates me!! But I keep rereading it!!) But I would totally sacrifice nine years of sleep to have Percy’s perspective. I mean, can you imagine???
Percy: Today I smiled at Monty and he walked into a wall.
Percy: He then acted like no one saw it.
Percy: [sighing, so so tired] we all saw it, Monty.
It would be the tome of a martyr suffering through Monty’s shenanigans and somehow not murdering him??? Percy is a saint. None can convince me otherwise. (Monty is literally an electrocuted puppy on red cordial and I love him.)
This is one of my all-time favourite contemporaries and my heartbeat just gets all SQUASHED every time I think of how good it was. Anxious geek kids??? Is this not written for me? Thank you. I finally bought my own copy (I mean, I ordered the new covers and got the old one…#salty) and am going to reread soon.
But let’s talk about Aled. ALED. I really related to him being smol and anxious and ace and being anonymous to his huge online following. I’m not exactly anonymous, but I don’t show my face and I just related to a lot of his overwhelmed-internet-creator-feels.
Don’t get me wrong: I LOVE FRANCES’ NARRATION. But I had more in common with Aled and omg, especially at the end? I wanted his thoughts.
This trilogy is an absolute favourite of mine. Lara Jean is the Hufflepuff baking soft hearted QUEEN. Will be in love with her forever. But, ok look, she got three books. She has a movie (and a sequel?!). Lara Jean is thriving.
Let’s talk about KITTYYYYY.
I want a trilogy for Kitty going through highschool!! She is such a schemer, an explosion of life, a little snark ball, and she loves dogs. She is everything pointy to Lara Jean’s softness. And ok, I admit, I’m not asking for a rewrite of the trilogy by her perspective but instead her own trilogy…but ya know. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I can ask for things.