[TOP TEN TUESDAY] Most memorable secondary characters

BlogMy first ever Top Ten Tuesday, hosted weekly by The Broke and Bookish, was a tough one. I spent a lot of time thinking about my choices and remembering why I absolutely adore, or despise, these secondary characters! I hope you like my choices and I look forward to reading everyone else’s picks!

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10. Caleb Prior – Divergent Series (Veronica Roth)

Tris spends so much time thinking of herself (forgivable, she is the narrator after all) we never get a chance to pick her brother’s brain. Even though he regularly pops up throughout the series his motivations remain a mystery, and it would be interesting to hear the thoughts behind his, often surprising, choices.

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9. Ron Weasley and Hermione Grainger – Harry Potter Series (JK Rowling)

No list about secondary characters would be complete without a nod to JK Rowling. Harry Potter is rife with minor characters as friends, enemies and creatures, arguably the most influential and important of which being Ron and Hermione. They’re the brains and heart behind Harry’s quest, always pushing him onwards and keeping him alive until the next challenge is thrown at him.

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8. Moiraine Damodred – The Wheel of Time Series (Robert Jordan)

This slot could have been filled by a number of similar characters, the classic mysterious and wise mentor to the protagonist. I chose Moiraine as she’s a complete badass, an incredibly powerful Aes Sedai who made it her mission to find and train the Dragon Reborn, fending off Trollocs and Forsaken with barely a bat of an eyelid and trailing all over The Westlands to keep Rand in check.

7. Dorothea SaDiablo – Black Jewels Trilogy (Anne Bishop)

Evil in the way only a woman can be, Dorothea is cut throat and devious, taking pleasure from her power and the ways she can wield it. The main antagonist in The Black Jewels Trilogy and The Invisible Ring prequel, she is memorable for her cruel and unusual ways of controlling men.

6. Kelsier – Mistborn Trilogy (Brandon Sanderson)

Vin’s mentor in Sanderson’s Mistborn Trilogy is a rebellion hero. Powerful and dangerously charismatic he inspires a full scale revolution, giving us the most unforgettable scene in The Final Empire which encompasses everything he stands for.

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5. The Tralfamadorians – Slaughterhouse 5 (Kurt Vonnegut)

Without these little green men Slaughterhouse 5 is a completely different novel. It is the philosophies and beliefs of these aliens that shape the novel, whether Billy is hallucinating or not. Billy used the Tralfamadorians to cope with the horrors he’d seen in Dresden, without them he would never have ‘travelled’ through the fourth dimension or learnt about the illusion of free will. Perhaps an unusual choice but the science fiction slant on what would otherwise be a literary anti-war novel is definitely unforgettable.

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4. Rue – The Hunger Games (Susanne Collins)

Easily the most heartbreaking moment in The Hunger Games, Rue’s death symbolises everything Katniss hates about the Capitol. Innocent Rue was not only a memorable character but created, for me, the most memorable scene of the entire series.

3. Zuzana – Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series (Laini Taylor)

Zuzana is the perfect sidekick. She’s fierce, loyal and most importantly, hilarious. She offers the comic relief to an otherwise heavy series with her animated ways and is the reason Karou has such an affection for the human world.

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2. Joffrey – A Song of Ice and Fire (George RR Martin)

No one who has read or seen Game of Thrones could forget Joffrey. The truly abhorrent eldest child of Cersei Lannister, he is cruel, spoilt and hated by his kingdom. Joffrey is without even one redeeming, humanising feature. Perhaps the most through-and-through evil character I’ve ever encountered and definitely memorable for it.

1. Tiny Cooper – Will Grayson, Will Grayson (John Green and David Levithan)

There is no other place than first for Tiny Cooper. He is loud, fabulous and completely steals the show. He stages the biggest school musical to ever grace Chicago, falls in love four times a week and eventually becomes the glue which holds the entire story together. Tiny is the embodiment of a memorable secondary character as he struts his giant way through life.

Make sure you comment below with your suggestions and most memorable secondary characters!

[REVIEW] Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green and David Levithan

ImageSummary
Characters – 4/5
Plot – 3/5
Style – 5/5
Overall -4/5

Favourite Quote

“When you wake up in the morning you swing your legs out of bed and you put your feet on the ground and you stand up. You don’t scoot to the edge of the bed and look down to make sure the floor is there. The floor is always there. Until it’s not.” – John Green

Review
WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON is a stand-alone novel written from the perspective of two different teenage boys with the same name, who happen to coincidentally find each other on a mutually lonely night in Chicago. Every odd chapter is narrated by John Green’s character while the even ones are taken by David Levithan’s.

WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON primarily explores human relationships as the two Wills and their respective friends struggle to make sense of life and love in high school in the build up to the biggest, gayest school musical of the century.

The plot is very simple and somewhat predictable at times, but it is the way that everything is executed which truly gives the novel life. The characters are the real driving force behind the entire premise and, in my opinion, a strong cast overrides a complex plot every time. The pace is perfect and the chapter systems works to build mini cliffhangers for each Will so I was always left wanting more.

Green’s style, as always, is emotional and philosophical yet somehow feels right in the mouth of his teenage lead, a somewhat awkward 16 year old who is often outshone (and embarrassed) by his tall, fat, gay, lifelong best friend – the ironically named Tiny.

Green’s Will feels more mature and constant compared to Levithan’s, however he still has a lot of room to grow as he takes on the mammoth task of learning how to handle Tiny after 16 years of standing in his enormous shadow, alongside falling in love for the first time. He is sharp, funny and geeky – a classic Green protagonist who feels familiar enough to be instantly likeable but still new enough to make for an interesting read.

Levithan’s Will drew out a range of emotions from me; he is both hilarious and horribly depressed. Levithan’s honest depiction of a teenager dealing with depression was powerful, especially when showing the effect on friends, family and partners. What I found most refreshing, compared to some other depressed characters in literature, is that Will is still a whole person, fully rounded and capable of other emotions other than sadness. He is funny, he is kind, he is mean; he is human.

I found Levithan’s Will in all his ways to be a highlight of the book, he is such a different character compared to the types I usually encounter that I couldn’t help but love him.

There is no other word for this novel than heartwarming. A departure from Green’s usual heartbreakers, WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON is completely uplifting and hilarious. The way it discuss love (both gay and straight), depression and friendship is completely honest, upfront and true to how real life feels as you stumble your way through high school.