Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Side Characters Who Deserve Their Own Books

1. Ollivander from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling - His first name was apparently revealed to be Garrick on Pottermore. I have always found him one of the most fascinating "minor" characters in the books. Anyone who is that charming in a supporting role deserves a book of their own. Wand-making adventures, imagine that.

2. Dick Hallorann from The Shining by Stephen King - Oh, we do see more of this guy in Doctor Sleep, but that wasn't nearly enough. He is one of my favourite Stephen King characters, because he makes few appearances and still leaves an impact. I'm sure you'd agree he needs a book of his own, about how he discovered his shining, how learned to use it, or his life after the Overlook incident.

3. Francis Adirubasamy (Mamaji) from Life of Pi by Yann Martel - I love this book. And Mamaji, the swimmer responsible for the tragic French naming of Piscine Molitor Patel, is one of the most eccentric, brilliant characters ever. Pi does tell us a lot about him in the earlier pages of the book, but I'd love to read a book about the man, even if written in a vastly different vein from Life of Pi.

4. Professor Van Helsing from Dracula by Bram Stoker - If we count all the Dracula fan fiction ever created, I'm sure there are books on Van Helsing. I have seen the Hugh Jackman movie, which in all honesty, sucked. But I just wish Stoker had written something on his history. He is such an interesting character.

5. John Uskglass (the Raven King) from Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke - God, I wish she'd write a book on the Raven King, already. You just can't create such a big, legendary character and basically only look at him from the points of view of two stuffy Englishmen. It's not fair, the ruler of Faerie deserves more. 

This is the topic for Top Ten Tuesday today, over at The Broke and the  Bookish. Hop on over to participate! Which minor characters would you like starring as leads?

8 comments:

chrissireads said...

Ollivander would be an interesting character to read about! :-) Great choices!

Priya said...

chrissireads - Wouldn't he? I half wanted to make a whole list of Harry Potter characters but resisted the temptation!

Viktoria Berg said...

I agree whole-heartedly on Dick Hallorann. I want to marry him.

The book I would most like to read is the book about Jonathan Lionheart (from "The Brothers Lionheart" by Astrid Lindgren) when he arrives in Nangijala without Karl. When Karl does arrive, Jonathan is well established, like he has been there for many years. That´s a story I would like to read. Also, what happens to the brothers in Nangilima, where they go next. I suppose those stories would be more like young adult fiction, and Lindgren did write for children. It would be a brave author indeed to expand on a Lindgren story, she is so revered.

Lauren Stoolfire said...

Dick and Van Helsing would be great subjects of their own stories!

Sarah B said...

Ooooh Ollivander would make a spectacular main character!!
My list:
http://sarahcantstopreading.blogspot.com/2014/11/top-ten-tuesdsay-top-ten-characters-who.html

bibliophilica said...

Ooh, good get on Dick Hallorann. Wish I'd have thought of that one. :-)

Delia D said...

I'm with you on Hallorann and John Uskglass. I think Clarke wrote something more about Uskglass, a short story in a collection called The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories. I haven't read it but I want to.

Priya said...

Viktoria - Marry him? :) I don't think anyone other than the authors should write the books, either, I can rarely get myself into fan fiction. I have only read Pippi Longstocking by Lindgren back when I was learning German, but even I know she's revered.

Delia - I have actually read The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories, and let me tell you, it's not nearly enough. I want a tome the size of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell!

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