Thursday, June 7, 2012

Booking Through Thursday - Secondary Characters


The question of the day at Booking Through Thursday:
Favorite secondary characters? (Note the plural)
The first thing that came to mind is all the wonderful characters L. M. Montgomery sprinkles through every book and story she wrote. The Anne books without Marilla, Diana, Jane, Ruby, Stella, Priscilla, Aunt Jimsie, Phil, Leslie (although I might argue that Leslie was co-heroine of Anne's House of Dreams), Mrs. Rachel Lynde, Miss Cornelia, Captain Jim or Susan Baker wouldn't be nearly so rich (And that list was really just the tip of the iceberg!)

Dickens was a master at populating his books with fabulous characters (and those amazing names!). Can you imagine David Copperfield without the {relatively} minor character Barkis? (Yes, I must repeat his famous line: "Barkis is willin'.")

Little Dorrit wouldn't be as good without Pancks or Affery Flintwinch.

Pride and Prejudice needs Mr. & Mrs. Gardiner. Persuasion has to have Captain Benwick. (I also love Mrs. Croft in that book. Someone needs to write an "Admiral and Mrs. Croft" parallel book to Persuasion.)

Those are just a few favorites. As you might expect, I have many. {wink}

The best secondary characters have their own flavor. They have memorable speech patterns or ways of turning a phrase. They do not blend into the background of the story, unless that is what they need to do. They are not just "Mary Sue" types (although Dickens wrote a few like that: all good or all bad, very little nuance, especially in his earlier works). You might say that the best supporting characters don't know they're supporting characters.

What about you? Do you have any favorites?
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5 comments:

Madisonnnn ^__^ said...

You've gotta love the classics ahah c: Although to be honest - I haven't read Pride and Prejudice or any of Dickens' work...

Good choices though!

Here's my answer if you want to check it out c:

The Plot Thickens said...

A great selection of characters.

http://theplotthickensbookblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/booking-through-thursday.html

MacKenzie said...

My first thought was the Anne books too! I still cry everytime Matthew dies (book or movie).

DawnTreader said...

Marilla and Matthew in Anne of Green Gables came to mind for me too although I did not actually mention them in
my BTT post

LibrarySnake said...

Oh I completely forgot about Barkis! Great choice :)

http://carabosseslibrary.blogspot.com/2012/06/booking-through-thursday.html

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