Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday - Minor Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's topic is Top Ten Minor Characters:

10. Jackie Rodowsky from Logan Likes Mary Anne! by Ann M. Martin - This is one of the babysitting charges in The Baby-sitters Club series of books.  He could usually be counted on for some sort of interesting event, due to his clumsy nature that earned him the nickname "the walking disaster".
9. Margaret Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen - Elinor and Marianne are the real stars of the story, but I kind of wish I knew more about little Meg.  She was sort of tacked onto the story, orbiting the periphery of her sisters' lives.  I'd like to know more about her in her own right!
8. Jane from New Moon by Stephenie Meyer - She's probably the only redeeming character in the entire series, simply because she wasn't afraid to torture Edward.  (Can you tell I'm not a Twihard?)
7. Willa Jean from Ramona and Her Mother by Beverly Cleary - She was so obnoxious and I remember really disliking her when I was younger (and around Ramona's age).  But she's actually kind of a fun character, a typical high-spirited kid who does things like destroy her teddy bear, Woger, and empty an entire box of Kleenex during a party just for fun.
6. Falkor from The Neverending Story by Michael Ende - Come on!  Who wouldn't like Falkor?  He's a flying dragon, for goodness sake!
5. Heloise from I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith - Yes, Heloise is a dog.  But she was Cassandra's close friend through all the ups and downs in the course of the story.  Sometimes a loyal dog is all the friendship you need.
4. Alba from The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger - Sometimes child characters work, and sometimes they go horribly, horribly wrong (*cough*Renesmee*cough*).  But I quite liked Alba, the daughter of Henry and Clare.  What's cooler than a time-travelling kid who's resourceful enough to make the best of her unusual (and potentially dangerous) situation?
3. the baby from Murmel, Murmel, Murmel by Robert Munsch - I guess you could argue that this is more of a major character... but let's face it: the only thing it ever does is say "murmel, murmel, murmel".  While funny, that's not quite enough for me to consider it a major character; the story is really Robin's.
2. Vollys from The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine - I think I liked this dragon more than many of the other characters in this book... even though she was arguably the villain.  There was just something about her personality that really drew me in, and I almost found myself rooting for the other side!
1. Dorin from Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey - I couldn't help but love this quirky Romanian vampire with his penchant for specialty coffees and striped mittens.  I wish there were more minor characters like him; some books would be a lot more interesting!


  1. Lol, agree with you on Jane there!! Nice list! :)

  2. Yep, I agree! ;) Margaret Dashwood!

  3. Some fun choices. Have you read The Third Sister? It's by Julia Barrett and it's about Margaret Dashwood. I haven't read it yet so I can't vouch for it but it might be a fun read. It's on my TBR shelf.