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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

TTT: Second Best? I Don't Think So!

Content has been a little scarce here at BBB, mostly due to a HUGE book organizing project I've been doing.  It turned out beautifully, though, and I will definitely be sharing pictures in the near future.  In the meantime, I wanted to join the lovely ladies over at The Broke and Bookish in celebrating the third day of the week with my favorite bookish meme, Top Ten Tuesday.  This week's topic stumped me a little bit, but after some thinking I finally came up with this list of Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters:

1.  Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger (from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)—Yeah, yeah, I know these two are going to be on everyone's lists.  For good reason, though.  Harry could not have defeated Voldemort (time after time after time) without Ron's loyal aid and Hermione's brains and bravery.  They're both lovable, admirable characters.  The HP books simply would not be the same without them!

2.  Hagrid (from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)—HP's chock-full of memorable secondary characters, but Hagrid's one of my very favorites.  This gentle giant has just the right amount of gruffness, sensitivity and warmth.  Who doesn't love Hagrid?

3.  Samwise Gamgee (from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien)—Another no-brainer.  Sam is a funny, kind and devoted friend to Frodo.  A perfect sidekick.

4.  Manchee (from the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness)—I usually don't like books that feature talking animals, but this series is a huge exception.  In the books, all living things can read each other's thoughts.  Therefore, Manchee the dog can "talk" to his master, Todd Hewitt.  The canine's thoughts are much simpler than those of the humans around him, but his personality and dogged loyalty to Todd comes out through his thoughts loud and clear.

5.  Willie Woodley (from Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys)—Willie, the no-nonsense owner of the French Quarter's most popular brothel, really shouldn't be such a lovable character.  She's bossy, she's crude, she's greedy and she makes her living from an industry most would agree is morally reprehensible.  So, why do readers lavish her with such fierce adoration?  It's because of her loyalty, her intelligence, and the way she protects Josie, even at her own peril.  Oh, yeah, and she's funny, too.

6.  Piper Williams (from the Alcatraz series by Gennifer Choldenko)—The always-scheming warden's daughter makes for a fun secondary character, especially considering what a stick-in-the-mud Moose Flanagan can be.  Piper confuses him so much that, in Al Capone Does My Homework, he says he likes her on the outside, just not so much on the inside.  Ha ha!  Piper's a great character.

7.  Roar (from the Under the Never Sky series by Veronica Rossi)—Everybody loves the fierce, but funny Roar.  His complete devotion to his friends (especially Liv) makes him the kind of character you wish you knew in real life.

8.  Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert (from the Anne of Green Gables books by L.M. Montgomery)—What's not to love about this down-to-earth brother and sister, who take in the indomitable Anne Shirley when no one else will?

9.  Templeton the rat (from Charlotte's Web by E.B. White)—I love irascible characters whose goodness hides under a gruff exterior, surprising even them when it reluctantly emerges.  Templeton's an excellent example.  Though he doesn't mind getting "paid" for his services, he'd do anything for Wilbur and Charlotte.

10.  Grammy (from The Lorax, 2012 feature film)—So, I know this is a film character, not a book character, but whatever—the film's based on a book, so that counts, right?  Anyway, I think this charming old lady is summed up perfectly by Audrey, who exclaims to Ted, "How cool is your grandma?"  So cool.  

Well, how'd I do?  Do you agree with my picks?  Which characters made your Top Ten list?

P.S.  Book images are from Barnes & Noble; other images were taken from Tumblr and other sites around the Web.


  1. Yes to Sam Gamgee and the Cuthberts! I'm not sure if I'll be writing a Top Ten today, but if I do, they'll be on there. Also SOMEONE from the Harry Potter, but with such a big cast I'm not sure who'll end up making the shortlist. Dumbledore perhaps, or Snape? Ron, Hermione and Hagrid are very good choices too. :)

  2. Awww - Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid. Really, we could do a whole HP-edition of this topic! That series has awesome secondary characters coming out of the woodworks!

  3. I'm so glad Manchee's in a list! He was one of my favourite bits of the Chaos Walking series. Great choices, thanks for stopping by!

  4. Oh man, Matthew and Marilla! How could I forget them? And the indomitable Mrs. Lynde! Not sure how I forgot about Hagrid either. Yikes.

    Great list! Ron and Hermione kind of seem like main characters to me, but whatever, they're awesome. =p

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

  5. Templeton also made my list. How funny. I also featured an Anne of Green Gables character. Just goes to show you how timeless classics remain popular.

  6. Oh Manchee, you're going to make me cry! I feel like almost anyone from Harry Potter would work for this list. So many wonderful characters!

  7. Yes yes yes to all the Harry Potter characters, Samwise, and Roar! I absolutely loved them!

  8. OMG! Matthew & Marilla are definitely some of my all time favorite characters ever! And of course I definitely agree with your first three. I actually have Out of the easy & the knife of never letting go right now from the library and i hope i get to them before they expire! ~daphne

  9. How could I forget Samwise? I'm rubbish.

    I went for Anne of Green Gables too, but picked Gilbert, since I had a crush on him when I first read the book!

    Here's my TTT.


  10. I like your list, though I have only read The Lord of the Rings :) Thanks for stopping by my TTT and I hope that you will like at least some of the books in my list. I strongly recommend The Legend series by Marie Lu - a great YA dystopia, as well Melina Marchetta's Lumatere Chronicles - fantasy! I think you will enjoy them :)

  11. I've only ever seen the LOTR movies, but based on that, I agree with Samewise as well. The HP characters are, of course, wonderful! I chose Luna for my own list. Always loved her.

  12. I love Hermione and Ron! The only reason I didn't put them on my list is because I've always seen them as main characters (I know technically they're not, but oh well...). And I just love Hagrid! To think that J.k: Rowling almost killed him!
    I really like Sam too! Great list! :)

    Joana @ Joana In The Sky With Books

  13. Love all the Harry Potter choices and Willie from Out of the Easy! And, while I wasn't a big fan of Under the Never Sky, I did like Roar - he was probably one of my favorite things about an otherwise so-so book for me.

  14. I didn't do this week's post, but if I had I definitely would have put Ron and Hermione on there. And Roar! I love him so much I can almost get over his goofy name. :)

  15. Great list! I love that you included some childhood favorites, like Templeton and the Granny from the Lorax movie (yes it totally counts - based on a book, right?). Lots of stuff here that I haven't read, but also sounds really interesting.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

    Denise @ Life With No Plot

  16. Manchee is adorable! I totally forgot him - I should've added him to my list. :) Great picks!

  17. Awww Sam! I loved him in the movies, I just haven't gotten around to reading the books yet!

  18. Double R, double s, double t.. Love Charolette's Web And Templeton!

    Great list.
    I didn't make a list this week, but had to hop around anyway to see what everyone is putting because this is an awesome category

    Following you via bloglovin' too.

  19. Lovely list! Now I'm feeling kinda bad that Roar didn't make it to mine >_<

    Thanks for dropping by my TTT! :D

    - Kazhy @ My Library in the Making

  20. Great picks! I particularly love Ron & Hermione, Hagrid, and the Cuthberts. And Sam. I loved Sam in the books, and Sean Astin's portrayal in the movies is terrific.

    I'd have to add Luna Lovegood and Neville Longbottom to your HP list, though! And Oberon the hound from the Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne.

    I didn't do a list this week, because we were traveling and moving our daughter in at college, but I've really enjoyed the few I've gotten to visit!

  21. Great list! I agree with ALL of these, which says a lot. Most especially HP and Roar. Thanks for stopping by!


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