Secondary Characters Are The Bestest

BEHOLD! For once, I’m actually linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for Top Ten Tuesday… on a Tuesday! And not a Wednesday or a Friday or a Sunday or whatever.

(Just call me a rebel, OK? It took me forever to realize that Top Ten Tuesday prompts were meant to be posted on, well, Tuesdays. And not just sometime during that week. Gosh, I’m a dork sometimes. And honestly? I think I’ll continue posting these whenever I feel like it, because who has time for fancy blog schedules? Not me.)

Anyway. This week’s prompt is, “top ten minor characters who you wish had their OWN
.” I basically want to hug this prompt because I love it so much – I often love the minor characters more than the protagonists, and I always wish I could have read more about them!

Let’s get started!

1. Remus Lupin from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Best. Character. EVER! I’m pretty “meh” about most things Potter nowadays (I used to be a huge fan), but I will ALWAYS be up for some Remus Lupin appreciation.

I’m kind of interested in knowing more about Lupin’s days at Hogwarts, but honestly? I want to know what life was like for him afterwards. And especially what he did after teaching during Harry’s third year. In each book he never had enough scenes to satisfy me.

mockingjay[1]2. Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Was she always evil? If not, why did she become that way? I WANT TO KNOW.

(Also, while writing this post I realized that Levana will have her own book – it’s titled Fairest and will be released in January and OMG IT’S A FULL-LENGTH NOVEL, not just an ebook novella! Yay!)

3. Johanna Mason from the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

I want to read about how she won her Games! And I want to know more about what happened afterwards, because out of all the victors she’s among those who have been treated worst by the Capitol. Also I kind of have a crush on her so, like, more Johanna bookish awesomeness? Yes, please.

4. Derek Smithers from the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz

Oh my gosh, Smithers is brilliant. He’s an inventor who provides Alex, the teen-superspy-protagonist, with all his live-saving James-Bond-ish gadgets – such as an earring that contains a small-yet-powerful explosive charge. HOW DOES HE THINK OF THIS STUFF?!

5. Calla from the Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater

I LOVE CALLA. I love her attitude – it makes me laugh, and it also intimidates me, and I also wish I could be like that. And I really like her no-nonsense approach to, well, everything. She doesn’t suffer fools gladly.

6. Lindsey Lloyd from The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

Oh my gosh, Lindsey. She’s forever calling/snail-mailing Cam (the book is set in the days before email, yo) about her latest romantic escapades with girls, and she’s cool and rebellious, and super cute, and basically just LINDSEY LLOYD OMG. She’s, like, Cameron’s gay fairy godmother and I want to read more about her. I need to read more about her. (Also I need the real-life equivalent of Lindsey Lloyd, thank you very much.)

7. Valentina from The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Blackthe coldest girl in coldtown

Because there should be more trans characters in fiction, and because I’d love to see more LGBTQ+ high/urban fantasy. Oh, and because she’s been in the Coldtown much longer than Tana, the book’s protagonist. I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT HER LIFE THERE.

8. Jennifer Talbot from the Shadow Children books by Margaret Peterson Haddix

So, in this series (that you should totally read as soon as you get a chance), families are only allowed to have two children. Jen and Luke (the first book’s protagonist) are third children, however, and Luke has been forced into a life of hiding. Jen, on the other hand, has managed to use fake IDs and disguises and whatnot, so I’d love to read about what her life of never really concealing herself was like.

9. Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

When I started reading this book I thought it was narrated by Gatsby! Imagine my surprise when I found out it was narrated by his friend Nick. I don’t want to give away all the best parts of the book, so let’s just say that GATSBY IS ONE SUPER-MYSTERIOUS DUDE and I would love to know more about his side of things. Like, more than what he eventually told Nick in like one measly chapter.

10. Petyr Baelish from A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

What on Earth goes on in this man’s mind?! I’d love to know. I’d love to know how his reasoning works, why he thinks it’s OK and not at all creepy to do the creepy stuff he does.


Which secondary characters would you love to read about? I’d love to know!

About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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20 Responses to Secondary Characters Are The Bestest

  1. THE ALEX RIDER SERIES OMG THAT IS MY CHILDHOOD. I loooooved those books (and the gadgets!). I seriously have to read The Miseducation of Cameron Post. You’ve convinced me 🙂

  2. Cait says:

    AH HA! YES! WE BOTH SAID JOHANNA MASON! I absolutely think she’s amazing and scary and…complex. I would read an entire book about her winning her own games, as well as her side of the story about what happened in Mockingjay. Mind you, I’d read just about ANY other characters’ POV in THG. Except maybe Gale. I’m sure hoards of angry Gale-fans would come after me, but I really don’t give a flying leap about Gale. *shudders*

    • nevillegirl says:

      Same here; I’d read about pretty much anyone… even Snow! I’m curious about how he became so powerful.

      Yeah, me neither. I really, really dislike Gale and don’t understand why people wanted him to end up with Katniss. (Although, Katniss/Peeta has never made a lot of sense to me either. I mean, they’re better together than Katniss/Gale, but on the other hand Katniss/Johanna were SUPER crush-y on each other in Mockingjay.)

  3. Nirvana says:


    And I can’t wait for Fairest. If I had a time machine, my first wish would be probably to go into the future to get all those books releases XD And Remus Lupin and Johanna all the way 😉

  4. Mo says:

    …Interestingly, I pretty much only know the female characters on this list. Obviously I know who Lupin is and I’m not sure who Jennifer Talbot is, but otherwise I only know the female ones. And they’re all great.

    • nevillegirl says:


      I seem to read a tooooooon of books with female characters? And not that many with guys? *shrug* A lot of YA is narrated by ladies, though, so that’s probably why.

  5. Lupin- that would be AMAZING!!! I kind of want to know, like, when he was bitten, what happened, etc. AND YES FAIREST I’M SOOO EXCITED!!!! Ooooh, Johanna, she was my favorite character. She’s awesome. ;D

  6. matttblack42 says:

    “Cameron’s gay fairy godmother.” You described Lindsey Lloyd perfectly.

    Anyway, I agree with every character on this list that I know of. Except maybe Petyr Baelish. I want him to remain an enigma, at least until Sansa murders him. (fingers crossed.)

  7. bookworm445 says:

    CALLA! CALLA, Oh definitely Calla. that would be awesome. 🙂 😛

  8. Omfg, speaking of Remus (who is my precious child), have you seen this headcanon? It’s so so good like dude.

    Also more Johanna would be awesome, but strangely there’s like zero Johanna-centric fanstuff out there. It’s weird considering how many people love her.

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