Top Ten Tuesday: Minor Characters

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

When I saw this Top Ten Tuesday over at The Broke and the Bookish, I was so excited, because often my favorite characters are the minor characters. I think a well-constructed minor character is a sure sign of a good author (presupposing that the main characters are also well-constructed, of course!)

1. Mr. Bingley from Pride and Prejudice - I am in love with Mr. Bingley - I like a friendly, cheerful guy over a smoldering jerk any day.

2. Kyprioth from Trickster's Choice by Tamora's Pierce - this trickster god was absolutely hilarious, especially on audiobook.

3. Lucien from Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson - I loved this teddy bear of a guy and the way he was so sweet to Amy. The part where Roger and Amy met him in Kentucky was my favorite part of the book.

4. Virgil from Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly - I am. in. love. with this character. He was so cool and different from any other character I've read.

5. Lindsay in Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver - This character was definitely a "mean girl." However, I was fascinated by the exploration into her personality and her motivations, showing both her negative and positive sides.

6. Liesl's dad in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - Okay, really I could write any character from this book and have them all be true. But I loved this quiet man who was somehow married to this crazy, foul-mouthed and abrasive wife, who played the accordion all day and bought Liesl champagne so she could know the taste of celebration.

7. Rachel Lynde from Anne of Green Gables etc. by L.M. Montgomery - This is the type of person who totally aggravates me and yet I can't help enjoying. She is so nosy and blunt, but has a heart of gold beneath it all. I love blunt people because I know just where I stand with them, and I think Rachel and I would have had a few arguments but been the best of friends.

8. Fred and George from the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling - Who doesn't love these two? They are so entertaining. I also love a character that can take a dark situation with a sense of humor.

9. Hana from Delirium by Lauren Oliver - I have to put Lauren Oliver on here twice, I suppose... I loved Hana from the beginning and almost wish that she could have been the main character of Delirium. She had so much energy and willingness to separate herself from the life she always knew. I feel like she was a really vibrant character.

10. Lee from East of Eden by John Steinbeck - I loved how wise this character was. I really need to reread this book again.


  1. You mean Gred and Forge? Yes, I loved them too.

  2. Hans Hubermann from The Book Thief stole my heart. What a great, great guy. I liked him so much, or loved him so much, that I almost read the book differently when I was reading the scenes that included him. Kind of with a reverence. Great pick.

    And Rachel Lynde...what a busybody! I love her. I remember reading these books with my Grandma and talking and giggling about Rachel Lynde...and then watching the movies and laughing out loud at her. Yes, another great pick!

  3. Mr. Bingley topped my list too! :)

  4. I agonized so much over putting in Fred and George on my list and chose not to, thinking they weren't minor enough. I'm glad someone did though!

  5. I agree with you on the book thief and Rachel Lynde! what a great pick. The book wouldn't have been the same without her. Kaye—the road goes ever ever on

  6. @Alison - Yup they're the best!

    @SweetestLittleBookworm - Yeah, I think Hans Humbermann is definitely the personification of a saint. And I wish Rachel Lynde was a real person.

    @Suey - He's the best!

    @Ursula Kerr - I thought of that too, then rationalized with myself that they weren't in the main three so I could use them.

    @Kaye - She definitely makes for some important scenes in the book!


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