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Memorable Secondary Characters?
I had a hard time remembering many secondary characters. A number of the books I listed are ones I’ve read recently and those are mostly urban fantasies. Maybe because fantasy and science fiction often have unique characters. If I made a list next year I would probably have quite a few different books. That made me think about characters in books.
By the time I was done with this list all the characters were in book series. I think it’s hard to have memorable characters in shorter books. Often the characters in a shorter book are merely in the book to play a role for the main character–they move the plot along, but they don’t seem like real people. They are usually stereotypes: “best friend,” “Mom,” “Dad,” “clown” or whatever the plot needs. I think it’s easier to have memorable secondary characters in a series where the author is able to deepen the characters and show growth in the characters. Then again maybe I’m not reading the right books!
These aren’t in any particular order.
1. Iko–The android is Cinder’s best friend. She’s quirky and has lots of personality.
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles)
2. William the Goblin Prince–At first glance an inhuman character, a beast, but ultimately heroic.
- God Save the Queen by Kate Locke (The Immortal Empire)
3. Jean Lafitte–Legendary pirate from New Orleans past; a bigger-than-life character in present day New Orleans.
- Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson (Sentinels of New Orleans)
4. May Daye–October (Toby) Daye’s Fetch. This book is the first time May shows up and even though she looks exactly like Toby she develops a totally different personality.
5. The Luidaeg–She obviously likes Toby, but she’s also short-tempered and very dangerous.
- An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire (October Daye series)
6. Queen Mab–very fierce and scary in this book! Harry works for her in this book despite his better judgement.
- Summer Knight by Jim Butcher (Harry Dresden series)
7. Eric–He’s present in all the books I’ve read in this series, but in this book he loses his memory and he’s totally different. It’s fun to see he and Sookie interract.
- Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Mysteries)
8. Kezzie Knott–Deborah’s father…former bootlegger (and maybe still one), ex-con, has political influence, father to Deborah and six or seven sons.
- Bootlegger’s Daughter by Margaret Maron (Judge Deboarah Knott series)
9. Charlie–Jace’s golem partner; he is one of the oddest characters I’ve read about.
- Dying Bites by D. D. Barrant (The Bloodhound Files)
10. Mavis–Eve Dallas’ best friend. They’re definitely opposites–Mavis is a singer and very emotional and open; Eve is logical and especially at the beginning of the series her emotions are closed off, but they’ve become friends. In this book she’s the main suspect in a murder.
- Immortal in Death by J. D. Robb (In Death series)
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I’m looking forward to what memorable secondary characters other people choose. Did you have trouble coming up with characters or was it easy?