If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you probably know that my favorite aspect of books are characterization. I love characters that are carefully crafted and given unique personalities, but even better is when little side characters have such a big personality that they demand a bigger part.
The Morganville Vampire Series by Racheal Cane
Myrinin is a side character that does take a major roll later on in the series, but I would love for him to have his own SERIES. He’s a vampire/mad scientist/casanova that can’t seem to decide between putting the female leads brain in his vampire computer (yes, it runs by blood), eat her, or keep her by his side. His obsession with his pet spider, Bob, makes it even better.
2 & 3. Ari & Janco
Poison Study Series by Maria V. Snyder
You have to lump both together because separating them would be a tragedy. These two are the “Big Brother” types that any girl would love to have around. They kept the series light and teasing without going into a jealous love triangle like many books would have turned to. Following Ari and Janco around on one of their escapades for an entire book sounds like a load of laughs!
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Honestly, I didn’t like the trilogy, but I did like Cinna. It seemed like out of all the people in the capital AND all the people in the districts, Cinna was the only one that wasn’t cowardly and directly went up against President Snow on his own. Seeing his fight from inside the capital might make for an interesting story.
5. Man of Ash
The Book of Heroes by Miyuki Miyabe
Ash is a guardian-type character that helps Yuriko in her adventure in the Nameless Land. He is tall, dark, very mysterious, and has a sharp edge. A book about the “Man of Ash” before Yuriko travels to the Nameless Land would be excellent!
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
Technically he doesn’t have a name, but he gave it to himself. He’s the son of the innkeepers Monsieur and Madame Thénardier and has two older sisters named Éponine and Azelma, and two younger brothers (very different from the musical). But Gavroche was told by his parents to live on the streets, so he lived in a hollowed out elephant statue. He’s very street-wise and even states that he runs the town. A book about how Gavroche survived, and took care of his younger brothers, on the streets until the revolution (till he was around 11-12 years old) would be awesome. Just don’t make it as long as the original, m’kay?
Natural Elimination: The Cotesia Incident by Roman Tibensky
Yorn is a navigator on a research space ship floating around in the middle of nowhere-space. His hobbies: drawing, stalking the pilot when he’s gaming, and doing whatever the voices in his head tell him to do. Yorn is so… NUTS it’s hard not to like him. An entire book about him might make you go insane yourself, but maybe a novelette?
8. Mrs. Hudson
Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Just take a second and think on this one. Sherlock. He plays music at odd hours of the night. Does strange scientific experiments. Shoots his guns inside at the walls. He’s the worst tenant a landlady could ask for! But Mrs. Hudson dotes on him like a spoiled child. You just know she has to have some kind of past that makes her overlook Sherlock’s eccentric nature.
9 & 10. Dustfinger and Gwen
Inkworld Series by Cornelia Funke
Oh, how I loved the fire-dancer and his little marten! Dustfinger had a complete history in the book “Inkheart” before Mo read him out of the book into the real world. I would so love for that book to actually be written to see the story of his wife and kids and his travels!