Friday, May 11, 2012
TGIF at GReads
This feature is hosted by GReads on Fridays to re-cap the week's posts & to propose a question for followers.
Question: Supporting Characters: We tend to gush over those main characters the most, but what about those supporting roles? Who are some of your favorites?
I was excited when Ginger let me know what the question was for this week. I love supporting characters and they always seem to get short changed unless it’s a series that changes main characters with each book.
Myra McEntire’s Hourglass series is a good example of that but it was unexpected, If you’ve read Hourglass you would know that this series is all about Em & Michael. Or is it?
For one Kaleb almost steals the show in Hourglass with his hot, broody self. But the character that really grabbed my attention was Em’s best friend Lily.
Myra could have went the traditional YA love triangle route with the series. It’s there in Hourglass between Em/Michael/Kaleb but oh noooo. She turns the whole series on it’s head and has Kaleb narrating Timepiece. I didn’t even think it was possible given how important Em is. Turns out EVERYONE is important in this series which brings me back to Lily.
I love that girl and while she’s not a main character per say, she’s front and center in Timepiece and I could not be happier she wasn’t relegated to the supporting BFF role.
Another series where I love the supporting characters almost more than the main heroine is Ilona Andrews Kate Daniel’s series. I adore Curran - The Beast Lord/ Tiger shifter & Kate's mate. I wish the books were narrated by him or at the very least alternating POV’s but I guess we have to settle for the few Curran POV scenes that Gordon (half of the Ilona Andrews writing duo) releases a few times a year. (Thank you!!!)
I also love Derek and Julie, two teenagers, that we've been able to see mature over the course of series. It’s hard to pull off writing teenagers period but Andrews’ manages it with TWO of them. I’m always clamoring for more of them and the whole pack really. All the characters from this series are multi-dimensional.
And finally my favorite supporting character of late… Jupe Butler from Jenn Bennett's Arcadia Bell series. I defy you not to love this character. The irrepressible, hyperactive, movie obsessed, absolutely huggable teenage son of Lon Butler. He’s just…. Jupe. I can’t explain it – you just have to read the series to understand my Jupe obsession. My review
I usually do my re-cap on Sunday’s but here’s a link for yesterday’s post – just some silly videos to hopefully make you laugh.