This is technically supposed to be a list of 10 side characters I really enjoyed, as Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm changed things up for the last August Top 5 post. I could not for the life of me come up with more than five side characters. Honestly, even getting the first one onto the paper was extremely difficult. What qualifies a character as a ‘side character’ instead of a main?
Without further ado, here we go!
Tom Bombadil, The Fellowship of the Ring
You either love Tom or you hate him. He was left out of the movies, which is odd considering what an important part he plays in the books. He’s only there for a few short pages, but the four hobbits learn a lot about the world from him. He does make a brief appearance in the VeggieTales version, Lord of the Beans, as a guy riding a unicycle down the road. It’s probably not officially Tom Bombadil, but I like to think it is.
Gwen, Off to Be the Wizard
Okay, so she becomes a main character in the other books. But in the first book, she starts off as just a side character. She’s pretty badass, considering the secret she’s keeping for the majority of the novel. If you get a chance to listen to the audiobook version, be sure to do so. The narrator does female voices really well. I love how Gwen doesn’t put up with Martin’s nonsense from the very beginning, seeing straight through his false wizard powers. She’s a strong female character in general, and I love that.
Batty Lad, The Great Tree of Avalon series
Batty Lad literally falls out of the sky into Tamwyn’s pocket. As the plot continues through the first two novels in the series, he seems like nothing more than an amusing side character, providing squeaks of laughter and fear as the action happens all around him. Once Tamwyn reaches his goal in the final book, we discover who Batty Lad really is — and boy, is it a doozy!
Miss Moore, A Great & Terrible Beauty
The newest teacher at Spence Academy, Miss Moore has many progressive thoughts for her day, and she ends up being removed from teaching because of them. She’s firmly a side character in the first book, but as time goes on, she becomes something very different indeed.
Honestly, I’m going to have to end this blog post here. I have struggled for over three hours to get this post together, and that’s not productive at all, and if I continue it any further, it’s not going to be any fun to read, either. I’m sure if you gave me more time, I could figure things out eventually, but unless I’m out researching every single character from every book I’ve read, I’m not going to come up with a list.
Unfortunately, I pay far more attention to the main characters in a novel than I ever do to the side characters, and it’s certainly coming back to bite me with this one!
Who’s your favorite side character? What book do you recommend that has memorable ones, because right now I’m at a complete loss? (I might go back and edit this post later, when I’m not as shaky and panicking, so look forward to changes at a later date, possibly?)
As always, keep reading.