Do you ever read a book and like a secondary character better than the main character? Or wish that a character was in more of the book? Or get angry at a movie because your favorite character gets little to no screen time?
Because I do.
Here are a few of those characters who deserve more love, and possibly their own books.
Puddleglum from The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis
Puddleglum. Just, Puddleglum. This marshwiggle is my spirit animal. And I might secretly have the soul of the grumpy old Yorkshire gardener Jack based Puddleglum on. Puddleglum is literally the only reason Eustace and Jill survived the book, let along accomplished their goal. He is also literary proof that you can be both pessimistic and hopeful.
The Bishop from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
I know, there are about a bajillion under appreciated characters in Les Mis, not least of which was Grantaire, the student who didn’t care about revolution. All he wanted was to drink with his friends. Then when he realized all his friends were dying, he went and found Enjolras so he could die with him. AND THEY NEVER EVEN SAY HIS NAME IN THE MUSICAL.
But that’s not the character I’m talking about. I’m talking about the bishop from the beginning of the book. M. Myriel. The first person who ever treated Jean Valjean like a human being. Even though he’s only talked about in the very beginning of the book, the bishop is arguably the most important character. Every decision Valjean makes in the rest of the book is tempered by the memory of the bishop’s kindness. So the only reason jerk-face Marius gets his happily ever after with Cosette is because a leader in the church decided to act like a Christian to a random convict sheltering in a graveyard forty years before they even met.
Quincey Morris from Dracula by Bram Stoker
He was the only character who thought to bring Winchesters to a vampire hunt. ‘Nuff said.
Tom Bombadill from The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
Also Bill the Pony. And Glorfindel. And Quickbeam. And the roughly thirty Rangers who took the Paths of the Dead With Aragorn and beasted their way through the battle of the Pelennor Fields with an army of ghosts as back up. Basically everyone who got left out of Peter Jackson’s movies.
Charlie from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Maybe it was just me, but I loved Charlie. That street urchin was the best part of the book.
I’m sure I’m missing characters. There will likely be a part two for this post. Until then, share some of your favorite under appreciated characters! I’d love to hear what you think!