Whew! It’s been a long time since I had one of these — nice to pull it out from under those dusty piles of long-forgotten emails… I always knew I had a flair for the dramatic.
Anyway, seeing as the previous planned BP never happened because of my blogging hiatus, I’ll just be bring forward that planned panel for this one. So sorry for keeping you guys waiting; I hope you don’t mind! Without further ado, our lovely bloggers for today —
Emily from Constellation Chronicles
Arial from In Italics
Rinn from Rinn Reads
Kayla from The Thousand Lives
Really appreciate you signing up! The question, asked by Shelly from Read. Sleep. Repeat., is…
Do you find that your favorite characters are not the main ones? (That happens to me all the time!)
Great question! 🙂
Actually, I didn’t really think in that way before, but come to think of it, I think what you said is actually true in my case!
There are certainly very rare cases that the main character steals the show for me. Come to think of it, I really can’t put a name to my favorite main character! Because I always find someone else in the novel to be the one who has the limelight, and I’m always flipping through the pages desperately to find when that certain character will make his/her appearance!!
For me, I find that the characters with the brightest wit and spark are the secondary characters, or I find myself falling over for the love interests! (I’m sorry, I am a hopeless romantic sometimes!)
For example, if you ask me who my favorite character is from The Iron Fey, I would tell you Puck. Or if you asked me about Under The Never Sky, I would say Roar.
I think because authors try to show a realistic perspective of humanity, they tend to make the main characters stumble around a lot, make plenty of mistakes, and they main character can also have a rather annoying voice at times. And maybe because authors try hard to make the secondary characters likable and appealing so that they can give readers some “feels” (like I get them!), that’s why we tend to prefer the secondary characters more 🙂 It’s debatable I suppose, but I definitely find that I tend to spazz over the secondary characters more, LOL! xD
But great question Shelly! I didn’t really think about this before, to be honest 🙂
Main characters are interesting creatures. They are usually my favorite because they get the most attention, development, and personality. Even though I believe that secondary characters should get just as planned out as primary ones, I feel like it hardly ever happens. In my opinion, secondary characters are more often parodies or stereotypes of certain qualities (humor, beauty, etc) than actual people. With that said though, I am not at all opposed to having the secondary characters be my favorites. In Premeditated by Josin L. McQuien the secondary characters stole the spotlight. One in particular, Brucy, was hilarious and complex and really had an important role to play. In the end, he was vital to the plot and wasn’t just there when it was convenient. So, while I usually love the main characters, when the secondary ones have their own story to tell, I love them just as much, if not more.
What do YOU think?
Do you have any favorite characters who aren’t main ones? Is that becoming more and more often? What do you think about it? Leave your thoughts below!
What is the Blogger Panel?
The Blogger Panel is to provide help and a little bit of an “insider’s scoop” into what bloggers/reviewers think about certain things in a book, OR anything book/blog related. I’m also accepting questions from YOU! The questions can be about anything – books, authors, book blogs (advice, etc.) – just as long as it is book related. Please remember, this isn’t an interview with bloggers, so do refrain from asking simple questions you’d ask in an interview.
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