Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Broke and Bookish.
This week is the Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters. The sad thing is, that my list isn’t necessarily the best secondary characters, but definitely the most memorable if I can actually remember who they are after having read the book. I generally have a hard time remembering anything about books after a little bit of time has passed (one of the reasons why I have a hard time finishing series–what happened before this book again?).
So, in no particular order:
1. Eric Northman from the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris
Okay, maybe the show True Blood has something to do with me being able to remember him, but geez, who wouldn’t be able to remember a hot Viking Vampire?
2. Valek from the Study series by Maria V. Snyder
Again, if I have actually read a series, the likliehood of me remembering any of the characters grows exponentially. Valek, despite being creepy older than his love interest, was definitely memorable and disturbingly cool.
3. Elvis from the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz
Elvis is definitely a secondary if not tertiary character, but his ghost provides Odd Thomas with some support throughout his crazy adventures. I enjoyed the first two books better than the third and haven’t gotten around to reading any more of the series, but I think I’ll eventually get to them.
4. Four from the Divergent series by Veronica Roth
I thought it’d be appropriate to add Four for number four. He may be more of a main character, but I figured he counts as a secondary character. He’s pretty cool, a more complicated character with real history than what you might typically find as the male interest in young adult (not bashing the genre, just my observation from what I’ve read…and can remember).
5. Tyrion from A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin
Does he even need an explanation? Though again, is he a main character? I figured they are all secondary and main characters in this series.
6. Catherine Howard from Gilt by Katherine Longshore
Gilt was a book that definitely surprised me in how much I liked it. Cat was an awesome character and while it may or may not be true, it makes me think of her spot in history a little differently.
7. Kaidan Rowe from Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
The son of the Duke of Lust…okay clearly there is a theme with those characters that I can actually remember, but I swear these are just genuinely memorable characters!
8. Barrow Hess from Rift by Andrea Cremer
Like Varek, his age difference and role as a teacher to the main character ruins any kind of swooning the author might have intended with some of the romance elements, but there was definitely something about Rift that stands out more in my memory. Clearly I need to make sure I read the sequel that’s already out.
9. Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series by Diane Gabaldon
Okay, my last romantic-type of memorable secondary character.
10. Syrenka from Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
She’s definitely a multidimensional character and she plays a pretty pivotal role in the story. Perhaps I pretended to be her when I was in the ocean this weekend, maybe I didn’t.
Do any of these characters make your list?