Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Valentine’s Day is next week…let’s do a Valentine’s Day themed freebie!” Sometimes you’ll read a book and there will be one character that you just can’t help but grow attached to. This character may show up in the middle of a series or just be a minor character in the beginning who grows into something more. Some of them infuriate you when you first meet them and others you can’t help but feel are highly underrated. For this Valentine’s Day themed TTT, here are ten characters who aren’t necessarily the main character in their respected books, but who hold a special place in my heart. Covers are linked to Goodreads.
1. Ronan Lynch from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Steifvater – I’m already cheating a little here since I do consider Ronan to be one of the main characters in TRC; however, this little punk drives me crazy with his devil-may-care attitude and caustic words. I’m convinced we would get along about as well as him and Blue; still, Ronan Lynch, you little weasel, you’re tough guy exterior can’t hide the fact that you care deeply for those around you, raised a little raven bird for goodness sake; I don’t care if you named it Chainsaw, you’re a softie at heart.
2. Magiano from The Rose Society by Marie Lu – Where the heck did he come from? I’m so glad Magiano showed up in the second book of Marie Lu’s The Young Elites series because he brought a light to an otherwise dreary world.
3. Dustfinger from Inkworld trilogy by Cornelia Funke – I admit, I think I had a little bit of a crush on you while reading this series. Maybe it’s the scars or the fact that you have a little pet marten names Gwin. You just seemed to be carrying a whole lot of heartache on your shoulders and I guess I’m a sucker for that sort of thing.
4. Manchee from the Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness – Have I ever mentioned how much I love dogs? I grew up believing I was more of a cat person, but when I got my dog Jinx, it occurred to me that I’ve been really missing out on having such a great companion at my side. Manchee is probably the best literary pet I’ve ever read about and if my dog had been a boy, I’d probably would have named him after this dog.
5. Widget from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I love The Night Circus. There are so many interesting characters in the novel, but for some reason Widget, one of the Murray twins, intrigues me the most. I think it has something to do with his circus tent full of strange bottles that when open emit scents that bring to life different places, times, and sensations.
6. Carswell Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – Thorne really sneaked up on me. I remember reading about him in the second book of the Lunar Chronicles and though I thought he was a fun character, it wasn’t until the final book when I saw how much he had changed through the course of the series that I found myself really rooting for him.
7. Manon Blackbeak from The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas – Manon Blackbeak is fierce, kind of scary, and all kinds of awesome. Is she a villain or will she become an antihero, it’s hard to say, but her story character arc has been so interesting to read about.
8. Theron from Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch – Now I haven’t read the second book in this series, so try to spare me any spoilers. I’m not sure the author intended Theron to be as popular as he is among the fandom because to me it’s pretty clear that she has someone else in mind as a love interest for her main character. Still, the Theron following is strong and I for one am rooting for him.
9. Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – Yes, I also consider Ron Weasley to be one of the main characters in the HP series, but I think he’s extremely underrated. I feel personally attacked whenever I hear that he was just a third-wheel and that he wasn’t good enough for Hermione. Excuse you, please leave the room because I’m about to take out my earrings.
10. Rosencratz and Guildenstern from Hamlet by Shakespeare – How in the world do these two minor characters end up on a list like this? Tom Stoppard writes a hilarious retelling of Hamlet through the eyes of these two called Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading this play, I highly recommend it.
What are your opinions on these characters? Are there any minor characters that hold a special place in your heart? What topic did you choose this week for Valentine’s? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.