Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week she posts an idea for relating to books, and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own “top ten” list.
This week’s topic is “top ten most memorable secondary characters.” It was quite difficult for me to narrow this list down to just ten characters, since secondary characters are often just as intriguing as the main protagonists.
1. Rue (The Hunger Games)
Rue is sweet, adorable, and completely underestimated in the Games. She survived a lot longer than people expected her to, and her story impacted Katniss’ story in so many ways.
2. Finnick Odair (Catching Fire)
There’s a reason that the sugar cube scene in Catching Fire is remembered by most readers, but Finnick’s charming nature isn’t the only reason to love him. He’s loyal, brave, and strong, and his relationship with Annie is one of the sweetest things I’ve ever read.
3. Neville Longbottom (Harry Potter)
I loved watching Neville’s transformation from a scared, forgetful boy who was constantly bullied to a strong, incredibly important young man. This transformation starts in the first book, when he shows a great deal of bravery standing up to his friends, and continues until the end of the series.
4. Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)
Luna is one of my favourite characters in the Harry Potter world. She’s quirky and slightly crazy, but she owns it and doesn’t let anyone’s negative opinions get her down. She’s so true to herself and comfortable in her own skin, and I admire her so much for that.
5. Manchee (The Knife of Never Letting Go)
I love talking animals in books, and Manchee reminded me so much of Dug the dog from Up! His relationship with Todd was heartwarming, and many of his thoughts made me laugh. His story made me cry so much, even though I realize that certain situations were necessary for Todd’s character growth.
6. Sturmhond (Siege and Storm)
Sturmhond is witty and charming, which made me instantly fall in love with him (and made me wish more than once that he was a real person). He’s also incredibly well composed, calculating, and adaptive, which are necessary qualities given his agenda.
7. Magnus Bane (The Mortal Instruments)
I love Magnus so much. He comes across as witty, charming, and entertaining, and his time as an immortal has given him many insights on what it means to live and to love. He’s easily the most interesting character in The Moral Instruments series, and I can’t wait to see where his story goes next!
8. Patrick (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
Patrick is so much more than just comic relief; he broke my heart, made me laugh, and inspired me with his unfailing optimism. He goes through some tough times, but still manages to be the light that Charlie needs in his life, which Ezra Miller captured perfectly in the movie.
9. Isaac (The Fault in Our Stars)
I loved his friendship with Gus, and how he bridged the gap between Gus and Hazel. The fact that he was more concerned about how his girlfriend would take his blindness than the actual blindness itself speaks volumes about his character, as well.
10. Tiny Cooper (Will Grayson, Will Grayson)
Tiny was definitely my favourite character in this book, since his personality was just as large as his exterior. His musical was flawless, and he’s so much fun! I need to find myself a friend like him.