Friday, May 11, 2012

TGIF: Supporting Characters

TGIF: Supporting Characters
(Hosted at GReads)
This Friday's Question:

"Supporting Characters: We tend to gush over those main characters the most, but what about those supporting roles? Who are some of your favorites? "

I've spent the better part of the day mulling this over.  I've come to the conclusion that I've read way too many books.  They all start to run together at some point, and the characters I loved while reading are sadly forgotten.  Most of my lists tend to be filled with books I've read within the last six months, which makes it look like I've only read about ten books in my life.  I'm going to have to keep better notes.

So...keeping all that in mind, some of my favorite supporting characters include:

Professor Snape (Harry Potter) :  I loved Harry Potter.  Loved it.  But I would have loved even more Snape.  The professor in black was mysterious, burly, and sour.  Despite his shifty demeanor, I was always rooting for Snape, and I was always eagerly awaiting another scene where he left you wondering, is he good or bad??  His final revelations in The Deathly Hallows left me sobbing and made you very aware of the impact he had on the main characters throughout the book.  Perhaps that's the testament of a truly excellent supporting character...they don't have to be present every page to be felt.

Isaac (The Fault in Our Stars) : When I first read the book, I enjoyed it, but refused to succumb to the hype.  Then I started thinking about it, and thinking about it, and now I'm hopelessly in love.  Each of the characters burrow themselves into your heart.  Augustus Waters, maybe my all time favorite character ever.  Hazel Grace, equally moving and inspiring.  And then there's Isaac.  Poor heartbroken Isaac.  Life dealt him a really terrible deck of cards, but despite everything, he always himself to love, to laugh, and to live.  He managed everything with a wicked sense of humor, and I adored him for it.

And finally, the walking, talking viking garden gnome Balder (Going Bovine) : Because, come on, it's a walking, talking, surly garden gnome that claims to be a norse god.  As a devote garden gnome enthusiast, I consider it a duty to support all of the pointy-hatted lawn ornament variety.

1 comment:

  1. YES to Severus Snape.

    Such a deep and emotionally rich character who you love to hate...and then feel guilt about FOREVER.



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