Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today I'm going into the archives to share my Top Ten Side Characters from books.
1) Minerva McGonagall from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter. Professor McGonagall is legit, and no one is allowed to argue with me on that point. She's probably the best teacher at Hogwarts as well as an incredible support to Dumbledore and the rest of the good guys in the story. I relate to her a lot, honestly, especially after learning more about her heartbreaking backstory. Although she's a Gryffindor, she could have been a Ravenclaw like me, which makes her extra awesome, and she can turn into a cat at will. Minerva McGonagall is the bomb.
2) Luna Lovegood from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter. Honestly, this entire post could be about Harry Potter characters, so I'm going to limit myself to two. Luna is a darling and a delight, as well as the Ravenclaw most featured in the Harry Potter books. She's a very strange girl, which causes most people to dislike her, but when she becomes friends with Harry and the others, it soon becomes clear that her "madness" is true genius. She could probably destroy the world if she wanted to, so we should all be glad that she's as sweet and as good as she is.
3) Finnick Odair from Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games. There are quite a few good characters in this series, too, but for side characters, Finnick is my pick. Besides being a solid book boyfriend, he's a heartbreaking hero with a great love story who ends up overcoming (even using) the way that people see him in order to support the revolution. I didn't like him at first, but Mockingjay proved me way, way wrong.
4) Alice Cullen from Stephanie Meyer's Twilight. *patiently waits for the groans to die off* Okay, so, I know it's Twilight, but I still really like Alice. She reminds me of my best friend--short, brunette, and fierce--and the ability to see the future is one of my favorite superpowers, alongside telepathy. I also think her relationship with Jasper is super cute.
5) All of the Gods of Olympus from Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson. Okay, so these people are a mess, and some of them are really unlikeable, but you have to love the way that Riordan modernizes the Greek gods in his book series. I'm especially fond of Artemis and Apollo, which is why I highly recommend the new spin-off series featuring Apollo as a human.
6) AIDAN from Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman's Illuminae Files. Y'all know I have a thing for AI becoming human-like. AIDAN is a spaceship's AI gone rogue, and although he has a lot of dark moments, he also has a lot of potential for good. I look forward to seeing more of him in the final book of the trilogy.
7) Camus Comprix from Neal Shusterman's Unwind Dystology. Cam's status as a side character in the series is a bit questionable, since there are a number of chapters from his point of view, but since he's not in the first book, I'm including him here. Cam is another of my book boyfriends, an absolutely fascinating person created from the best unwound parts of 99 different kids. I love watching Cam learn about the world and his place in it, which is also one of my fave parts of the human-AI trope.
8) Maura, Calla, and Persephone from Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Cycle. These three women live together, and together they raised one of the story's main characters, Blue Sargent. They all have powerful magic gifts, which make them a bit unusual, and it adds a lot of intrigue to the tale. I've always found them fascinating.
That's all I can think of without adding more characters from either Harry Potter or The Hunger Games, haha. So thanks for reading, and let me know who your favorite minor characters are! I'll see you again tomorrow.
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