Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Secondary Characters

Every week, The Broke and the Bookish hosts Top Ten Tuesday.
This week, the topic is:

Top Ten Favorite Secondary Characters:

1. CooRoo from The Hounds of the Morrigan by Pat O'Shea:
CooRoo is the children's guide through the mysterious world of fey,
and I love him to death.

2. Puddeneen from The Hounds of the Morrigan by Pat O'Shea:
Puddeneen is a bewildered frog who is put to work by The Morrigan.

3. The Nac Mac Feegle from Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching Series:
There have never been secondary characters that make me laugh so danged much.
Now, you might argue that they're the main characters as well... but really,
these books are about Tiffany, and she is THE main character... so I'm counting the Feegle as supporting cast, HILARIOUS supporting cast.

4. Belen and The Monkeys from Maria V. Snyder's Healer Series:
Ok, time to fess up... it's safe to say that when reading these guilty pleasures (aka, any book written by Maria V. Snyder)... I always seem to like the secondary characters more than the main ones... so I put a few of my favs on this list... but it really counts for every book she writes, LOL.

5. Dog from Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett:
Really... the whole concept is just too funny.

6. Tom Bombadil from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien:
There, I said it, I loved Tom Bombadil...
was I sad they left him out of the movies?
He would have been a bit too wacky for the mood Jackson was setting,
I think, but I still love his character.

7.  Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
What can I say, I love the quirky oddballs :)

8. Mouse from The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher:
Harry's pet Foo Dog... Mouse is just about the coolest dog EVER.

9. Beth from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott:
She was just such a tragic sweetheart, and my favorite sister.

10. Nico di Angelo from The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan:
I also like the darker characters... lol.


  1. I had a hard time recalling those characters that reside in the "wings" of the story. Looks like you came up with a pretty good list today. Kelley at the road goes ever ever on

    1. Haha, I had a hard time narrowing it down... LOL! My problem was trying to not just pick ones from my most recent reads.

  2. You're like the first person I've come across that has read The Hounds of the Morrigan. It was a book I had randomly bought years and years ago and it remains on my favorite shelf. I LOVE that story and it's awesome that you picked two of the characers from here to feature. :)

    1. HAH! Right back at you! A friend gave me this book to read yeaaaaars ago, and other than her, I know of no one else who has read it. 0_0

      Which is a crime, it's SO GOOD!!!!!

  3. I'm not familiar with most of your list, but YES to any and all Harry Potter characters!

    1. I highly recommend checking out The Hounds of the Morrigan by Pat O'Shea, The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan, and any and everything by Terry Pratchett, but especially the Tiffany Aching series.

    2. Thanks! I especially need to read Percy Jackson... I don't know why I haven't yet!

  4. Yay for Belen and the Monkeys! can you believe I forgot them?! Was trying to stick with just 1 character though for picks. I seem to do a lot of cheating with my Top 5 posts, so I try to follow the rules here!

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    1. Well, when it came to Belen and the Monkeys, I figured since their sort of character is in every Snyder book I've read (she seems to have a formula)... I could count them all... XD

  5. Snyder is definitely a guilty pleasure read. I have read her Inside Out series which I didn't mind. Not sure on her Healer series though.

    I never could get into Terry Prachett books. My father in law loves him though and has collected every single book he has released to date.

    I'm with you on Luna Lovegood. She was one of my favourites from the books too. I love the world building in that series. It blew me away when I first read it.

    I have to be honest here though and say it took me a year to get through Lord of the Rings and I couldn't even finish the second one. I know everyone says Tolkien is one of the greatest writers that ever lived but I just can't get into his style of writing. It doesn't draw me in if that makes sense. He's a great storyteller though.

    1. Yeah Snyder is. I've not read the Inside Out series, but I've read the Healer series, the Glass series and the Poison series... and it should be noted that the Glass series pissed off tons of people, and rightly so... when the main character fell in love with her abuser all because another character who is Mary Sue as heck said, "It's ok, he feels pretty bad about it all now, for realz" (Ok, that wasn't literally what was said, but, you get the idea).

      When it comes to Pratchett, I'm not sure where you started at trying to get into them. If I had my way, I'd start everyone with The Wee Free Men. When someone introduced Pratchett to me, they gave me The Colour of Magic... and it took me years to read it, because I just wasn't feelin' it... it seemed boring to me... but man, you want to talk about world building! Discworld is a pretty awesome place... but yeah, I would never start people on the first books in the Discworld series, they're not the best ones, by far.

      And yes... Harry Potter... I love it. The world building is fantastic, for sure... it was hard to limit this list to just one of the characters from that book.

      And, MWA HA! I know a lot of people who can't make it through LotR.
      Most all of them are younger than I am... which always makes me wonder if they could make it through other novels that move at Tolkien's pace and focus on world description. Honestly, Tolkien's work is a LOT more interesting if you realize all of the history and myth references that he's put into it. There's a lot going on there that I think a lot of people just don't realize...
      but at the same time, I totally get how someone could not get into it. It's written in a way that books just aren't written anymore. Not to mention that he's been copied so many times that LotR would probably feel like a story you've already read before, which probably only adds to its slow pace.

    2. I can't remember the name of the Prachett books but I do remember playing the Discworld computer game which I love. But now I think about it, I reckon it was possibly the Discworld ones and I kind of zoned out reading them.

      My husband read the LOTR series when he was a kid. He loves it. But I'm kind of like that with Shakespeare too; certain writing styles feel like a chore when I read (that and the constant singing in the books drove me insane). However, I have no problems reading Roger Zelzany's Amber series. I am not sure how earlier/later he was from Tolkien's time though.

      And I know a lot of fans hated the movies by Peter Jackson but I really liked them. Hubby pointed out all the bits that were left out but because I haven't read all the books, I was none the wiser.

      I also recall having trouble reading The Great Gatsby, To Kill a mockingbird and The Belljar. For me, it really comes down to writing style and I've found there is a certain "music" to the writing that either draws me or makes me cover my ears in pain.

    3. Have you read Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett?
      Other than the Wee Free Men series, that's another good place to start.

      Zelazny's first book from the Amber series was published in 1970, the first LotR book was published in 1954 XD
      I should read the Zelazny series... based on the cover art, he looks sci-fi and I'm curious if he was influenced by Bradbury (who was also publishing in the 50s).

      Honestly... had they put everything from the LotR books into the movie... we'd still be sitting in the theater watching it. LOL! I have no problems with what they cut out, I love the books, and I love the movies, I think Jackson did an awesome job picking out what to include.

      I was actually wondering if you had troubles with The Great Gatsby, LOL... it's very much about description of place, just like LotR... and hahaha, I love Shakespeare, The Great Gatsby, To Kill A Mockingbird (I think Atticus Finch is one of my all time favorite characters in literature) and The Bell Jar... so I guess it's all coming together as to why I like LotR? LOL... I like poetic and lyrical text... and I love massive amounts of description that allows me to visualize the setting.

      What are some of your favorite books?

    4. I think I started Good Omens but I never finished it for some reason. I do like Neil Gaiman. I read his American Gods which blew my mind (in a good way!). That guy is one of the most creative writers out there. I really liked Stardust. I own the movie and was watching it the other day. Also have the comic version - can't remember the artist that did the artwork in that. I really like Gaiman's writing style.

      I haven't tried Assimov yet but I have a collection of sci-fi stories written by all of the Classic sci-fi authors. It's on my to do list.

      I am actually reading a book at the moment, a collaboration by two authors, Kevin J Anderson and Brian Herbert called Hellhole. Hubby bought it off a $5.00 book sale when we were down in Brisbane earlier this year and I've been hankering for some new reading material that I picked it up out of sheer boredom and was pleasantly surprised by how much I am enjoying it having never heard of Herbert before and having never read Anderson.

      My favourite books ... well I've read the Belgariad by David Eddings six times so far, does that count? I also love the Obernewtyn series by Isobelle Carmody and The Quickening series by Fiona McIntosh. There are probably others that I can't think of on the spur of the moment. Generally anything that combines sci-fi/fantasy is right up my alley and I do like Urban Fantasy as well.

  6. Good list, I love Nico and Luna as well.

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