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TGIF: Supporting Characters

May 11, 2012

Happy Friday everyone!

This week, Miss Ginger at GReads! has asked us about those oh-so important, but oh-so looked over supporting characters. And, you know, as I thought about this, I realized just how much I like supporting characters. When I’m writing, it’s actually easier to write supporting characters than it is to write the main ones. This is most likely because of my own personal hang-ups and fears and insecurities about writing inconsistent characters, but really, supporting characters are super fun. They pop in and out of your main character’s life, giving advice and working as a sounding board and giving, you know, support. Or, sometimes, not.

And though I could probably talk about supporting characters all day long, I will refrain from doing so, so that you’ll continue to like me. Instead, here’s a run down of some of my fave supporting charactes of late.

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins: Jenna. She’s a sarcastic, lesbian vampire who loves pink and plays best friend/roomie to Sophie, the main character. I mean, what more could you ask for?

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson: So, in this road trip book, there are a lot of supporting characters. Because that is the nature of road trip books. But out of the characters Amy and Roger meet, Lucien was my absolute favorite. He was curteous and gentlemanly and oh-so Southern, and I just adored him.

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson: Aunt Peg. Now, a case could probably be made that Aunt Peg is a main character since she, you know, wrote the thirteen letters in the thirteen little blue envelopes that title the book, but, I’m gonna consider her a supporting character. And, y’all she is The Awesome. She’s everything a quirky, zany aunt should be—an artist with eccentric friends, a family member who sees potential in her niece, and a woman who absolutely loved life and hated Nicholas Sparks. Aunt Peg is the best.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin: Jamie. This book is all sorts of WTF?!, but one of my favorite people in the book was Jamie, the bisexual, black, Jewish guy Mara meets when she moves to Florida. And though it’s a little bit annoying that he’s the I’M DIVERSE character, those aren’t the things that I love about him. He’s witty and geeky and provided a much-needed comic relief in the book, and I loved him for that. I’m definitely hoping for more Jamie in The Evolution of Mara Dyer.

The Mortal Instruments/The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare: Church. He’s an immortal cat who tends to hate everyone. I like him.

So, feel free to tell me all about your favorite supporting characters in comments, and enjoy your Friday! TGIF!

TGIF is a weekly meme hosted by Ginger at GReads!

One Comment leave one →
  1. May 11, 2012 9:30 PM

    Lol – I never thought of Church from The Mortal Instrument series 🙂 And I don’t know why I didn’t think of Jamie too – although I did think he was a little annoying at first.

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