Top Ten Secondary Characters

Thank you to some blogger buddies of mine who gave me this idea.Jamie, Christina and Gillian, you guys rock. Like I said in my comments to the other posts that covered the same topic,my list will be essentially made up of 2 fandoms (yes I said the word fandom) It will also include a random as well,but as he was on many people’s lists,he’s not that random.

1. Severus Snape- Harry Potter
To this day, Severus Snape remains my absolute favorite character in any book. He was far more complicated than anyone would give him credit for. He carried with him burdens that no one would have ever guessed that he possessed.

2. Remus Lupin- Harry Potter
Remus Lupin remains really the only werewolf character that I have ever liked (yup not a big Jacob Black fan) He was another tortured soul. He dealt with job insecurity, being very poor and not having anyone to love him. He lost many of his friends in the first war against Voldemort. He also remains the best Defense Against the Dark Arts professor that Harry ever had (though Snape came close)
3. Sirius Black- Harry Potter
The one thing Harry really wanted and needed was a parental figure. The Dursleys were certainly not filling that role. However Sirius did. He was Harry’s godfather and he was just as reckless as he had been in school. Yet he did his absolute best to protect Harry while he could.

4. Nymphadora Tonks- Harry Potter
One of my all time favorite female characters. She was everything that female characters should be. Strong, confident and kind. I wish we had seen more of her but I think the end of the sixth book is really my favorite part. That’s when the reason for her strange behavior came to light.

5. Luna Lovegood-Harry Potter
Quirky,smart and loyal. Three words that come to my mind instantly when someone talks about Luna. Yes she was a little strange but she was also a loyal friend and she was unfailingly kind to everyone.
6. Finnick Odair- Catching Fire & Mockingjay (books 2&3 of The Hunger Games series)
There are not enough words to describe how much I love Finnick. He is the main reason that I loved the 2nd installment of The Hunger Games so very much. He ended up being so much more complicated than we ever guessed.

7. Cinna- The Hunger Games & Catching Fire (books 1&2 of The Hunger Games series)
Cinna was one of my favorite characters in the first Hunger Games book. Actually he was my favorite secondary character. He cared about Katniss and although he was essentially a employer of President Snow,his loyalty was clearly with Katniss and all she did to overthrow President Snow.
8. Johanna Mason- Catching Fire & Mockingjay (books 2&3 of The Hunger Games series)
Loved her to death. She was a total badass and honestly I grew to like her more than I did Katniss. Other than Finnick, she was my favorite of the existing previous victors.
9. Annie Cresta- Catching Fire & Mockingjay (books 2&3 of The Hunger Games series)
Oh Annie.She wasn’t really a secondary character but I put her in here anyway. I loved her even though The Games had done a number on her mind. I loved the love story between her and Finnick and how Finnick worked so hard to protect her. She clearly loved Finnick despite how crazy the Games had made her.
10. Kenji- Shatter Me & Unravel Me (books 1&2 of Shatter Me series) 
The one character in here that ISN’T a part of the two fandoms that I fangirl over. Loved Kenji. He totally said everything to Juliette that I was begging someone to. He seemed to have perfect timing for everything. He managed to balance the art of being kind to Juliette while not sugarcoating things for her. If he needed to say something,he would.

Friday Musings #7

This week I decided to focus on my top five favorite quotes in books.I have a lot so for me it was really hard to narrow it down to 5 but I did the best I could. So here are my top five favorite book quotes.

“After all this time?” Albus Dumbledore
“Always” Severus Snape
-Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-
Yes I am well aware that it’s two quotes but I couldn’t do one without the other. I won’t spoil anything about this quote but I will tell you that is smack dab in the middle of one of the most emotional chapters in the Harry Potter series.

“Albus Severus,you were named for two headmasters at Hogwarts.One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew.” Harry Potter
-Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-

This quote was yet again another extremely emotional quote for me and probably for many other people as well.Six years later I still get choked up when reading this part.

“I wish it wasn’t true, but it is. No matter how many times you break my heart, you’re still my girl, for as long as you want to be.” Paul

This quote speaks to me for a million different reasons. Paul and Alma’s on again off again relationship reminds me so much of my on again off again relationship with a guy.I could see my on again off again guy saying these exact words to me so reading it in a book is very emotional.

“President Snow used to…sell me…my body, that is…I wasn’t the only one.If a victor is considered desirable,the president gives them as a reward or allows people to buy them for an exorbitant amount of money.If you refuse,he kills someone you love. So you do it.” Finnick Odair
-The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-

This was a significant point in the book. Up until this time,Katniss saw him as a “pretty boy” who was in love with a mad girl from his district. Up until now,she never realized that Finnick was multi-layered and a much more complicated person. As a reader,things fell into place for me. Finnick’s actions of bedding many women made sense to me. He was simply trying to keep Annie safe.

“No you’re my father.I have a dad and right now Benji needs his. Not a lecture.Not fixing because he is not broken. Just your attention and your patience and your time.Just you.” Emaline

-The Moon & More-
This was another one that struck me on a personal level. Emaline does not have a great relationship with her father but she is pushing him to be a better father to her half brother than he ever was to her. That was gutsy of her. She was also super protective of her ten year old brother.She didn’t want her brother to have the same lousy relationship with their dad, that she had.