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August 27: Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters

pride and prejudice

1. Charlotte Lucas. Pride & Prejudice; Jane Austen. (Look, it made another list!) But how can a woman who throws herself in front of such a tedious bullet, even for such practical reasons, not be celebrated? And she does give excellent advice, not that Lizzy listens…

princess bride

2. Fezzik. The Princess Bride; William Goldman. The gentle giant… He’s not perhaps, quite as funny as in the movie–but he’s still Fezzik.


3. Four. Divergent; Veronica Roth. He’s so tough, he only has four fears. But he’s still quite likable, not as perfect as people want him to be, and a lot more patient than I could ever manage.

one for the money

4. Grandma Mazur. One for the Money; Janet Evanovich. She has a tendency to shoot first, and get into things she shouldn’t–like closed caskets–but she’s got a sense of humor, and is remarkably spry for her age.

Harry Potter

5. Hermione Granger. Harry Potter; J.K. Rowling. She’s smart, bookish, a wicked spell caster, and kick-butt. What more could you ask for?


6. Ivy Hiselpenny. Soulless; Gail Carriger. Ivy is a little helpless in the face of danger, but an excellent source for eliciting sarcasm–and a source of amusement in awful hats.

trickster choice

7. Nawat. Trickster’s Choice; Tamora Pierce. He’s perfect to help deal with a dispossessed trickster god bent on reclaiming his people. A little odd, but he has a good reason for it.


8. Oberon. Hounded; Kevin Hearne. Usually, talking animals stretch the imagination a bit–but this hound has a magical reason that makes a lot of sense–and still has a very doggy sense of humor.

grave sight

9. Tolliver Lang. Grave Sight; Charlaine Harris. A step-brother manager, who keeps dead-sensing Harper fed, and deals with the after-effects of her finding bodies for a living remarkably well.

color magic

10. Twoflower. The Color of Magic; Terry Pratchett. The first tourist to Ankh-Morpork, too naive and trusting (and perhaps blind) to see the danger around him, but lucky enough to survive it. He makes life interesting, for sure.


About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

7 responses »

  1. sjp says:

    There are a few books on your list I haven’t read – I need to catch up to you, girl! I completely forgot about Fezzik.. hmmm I really wish I could edit my list. haha

    Great list 🙂

  2. Cait H. says:

    Absolutely agree with Fezzik, though Inigo is my favourite 🙂

  3. Marcia says:

    Wow, I’m hopelessly out of touch on this list. I’ve only read 3 of the books. I love Grandma Mazur, but then there are so many wonderful sidekick types in the Stephanie Plum books, it would be hard to pick. I’m quite fond of Connie, the hippie boy (his name escapes me), and ever so many more. Love the whole series.

    Hermione is a good choice, too. Though I do like Ron. And Hagrid. Again, lots of choices.

    And I like Tolliver in Grave Sight, too. In fact, I was quite disappointed that Harris gave up on the series, and dribbled the last book away to nothing in a spate of tying up loose ends, but not moving anything forward at all. I was hoping to have that to fall back on, once I pitched out the last Sookie books.

    As for the rest, I need to get reading. I started Hounded three times, and can’t seem to get past the third chapter or so. It drags. I should probably make myself stick to it until I start liking it better. The premise is good. I don’t know why it hasn’t grabbed me. And you know I love Irish wolfhounds! 😉

    I’m reminding myself to put a couple of these on my list. But first, I’m off to amazon to buy the hard copy of Alloy of Law. I want that cover! Oh, and I might read the book, too. Ha!

    • caitlinstern says:

      You’re thinking of Walter ‘Moon Man’ Dunphy. And yeah, I agree–there’s a lot of good choices.

      You don’t *have* to like a book just because it sounds good. Everyone has different tastes. 😉

      Happy reading!

      • Marcia says:

        Oh, yeah. Mooner! I love him! He reminds me of Jay in Jay & Silent Bob. *snort*

        I know you’re right of course, but I wanted to like Hounded. It looked like I should like it. It sounded like I should like it. So I started wondering, “What’s wrong with me that I’m not liking it? *sigh* I’m not giving up. It’s on my Kindle, waiting for me to give it another try. I’m stubborn like that once in a while.

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