Tuesday 17 May 2011

Top Ten Tuesday - Minor Characters!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and The Bookish. This weeks theme is minor characters.

1. Grandma Mazur (Stephanie Plum series - Janet Evanovich). Seriously this lady should have her own series. She's honestly the only reason I keep going with these books. Just one small scene makes it worth while. The woman is hilarious and doesn't care what anyone thinks of her. She just wants to have a bit of fun in her old age even if it is driving her daughter to drink. Some of my favourite scene's have been her dressing as Madonna, shooting the Sunday roast, learning to drive and making a nuisance of herself at various funerals.

2. Ronald Weasley (Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling). Not so much in the last book but Ron was one of my favourite characters. Actually, I loved the Weasley's in general but Ron was the funniest.

3. Joe Gargery (Great Expectations - Charles Dickens). I always felt so sorry for Joe. He was quite happy as a blacksmith and loved Pip like a son. I don't think Pip really deserved that unconditional love.

4. Tanith Low (Skulduggery Pleasant - Derek Landy). Like all most of the characters Tanith has the ability to use magic but she would rather use her sword. She's good at it too. She doesn't really answer to anyone but spends her life fighting criminals and helping out Skulduggery now and then.

5. Angel & Louis (Charlie Parker series - John Connolly). They have to be mentioned together because they are a team. Angel is a recovering thief and Louis is a hit man. Not the nicest of job titles and yet these two characters are willing to help Charlie Parker with his investigations. Loyal and a lot of humour makes for two great characters.

6. Q (Casino Royale - Ian Fleming). Q happens to be my favourite character in the films. I love the scene's with him mostly for his humour. Imagine my disappointment when he was merely mentioned in the first book. Where were the gadgets? I only hope that there will be more of him in the rest of the series.

7. Master Harper Robinton (Pern Books - Anne McCaffrey). When I first tried fantasy I loved these books. I'm aware that they are meant to be more sci fi but to me they read like fantasy. They had dragons for a start. Robinton was always one of my favourite characters. He was the wise voice that wasn't always listened to although he was respected. He did eventually get his own book in the series but before that I don't think there were enough scenes with him.

8. Miss Havisham (The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde). Unlike the original Miss Havisham this one is hilarious. I loved all her scenes. My favourite though is when she races Toady of Toad Hall.

9. Orleanna Price (The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver). She does have her little sections in the book but it's mainly from each of her daughters point of view. You have to admire her strength in the end. Her marriage has fallen apart, she's lost a daughter, one is handicapped, another is ill and she still tries her best to get them out of the war torn Congo.

10. Lish Donadio (The Passage - Justin Cronin). Another strong female character. Her childhood is a little bit of a mystery to everyone even though she was brought up in the same colony. She is the first to defend and stand up for those who aren't as strong as she is. Sometimes putting herself and others in danger to do it.


  1. I really liked Ron Weasley too, I loved the whole Weasley family.

  2. I love basically everyone in the Poisonwood Bible, great choice there! I'm really annoyed because I completely forgot about Harry Potter when I was making my list, and that literally has some of the best minor characters in ever! I have a personal soft spot for Mrs Weasley...

  3. hehehehe Q is awesome! Miss Moneypenny made my list, but I didn't even think of Q (shame on me).
    Fun list.

  4. I like Miss Moneypenny too, especially in the earlier films.

  5. Joe Gargery is such a great characer. I also loved Miss Havisham for the Eyre Affair!

  6. Tanith and Joe are great choices. I decided to keep any Skulduggery Pleasant characters off of my list this week because I talk about them way too much. I think if I had added an SP character to my list it probably would have been Valkyrie's dad. He's definitely a minor character but whenever he's around something odd and humorous always happens.

    I love Q in the movies, but I have yet to read the books which, you know, is just shameful.

    Great list!

  7. Orleanna - fine choice, and nice to recollect that entire novel, Kingsolver's strongest.

  8. Grandma Mazur and the Weasley twins were on my list! http://wp.me/pzUn5-qz

  9. Oh my word, definitely the grandma! She's awesome.

  10. @Gabe, hee hee I was expecting one of those characters to make an appearance on your list. I have actually raving about them so much that a friend sent me a text on Monday saying that she had ordered the first book. Fingers crossed there will be another fan out there.

  11. Ahh, Miss Havisham - great character. Actually, you could list half a dozen minor Fforde characters! Grandma Mazur is also a cool choice.

    As for Q, I'm afraid some disappointment is on its way as he appears only occasionally in the novels.