My Love For the "Side Character"

I’m a fangirl. I have been since childhood, I’m sure. The advancement of the internet over the years has definitely shaped and changed my fangirling ways time and time again. There is way too much to get into with fandom and the possibilities of how you fangirl (or fanboy) are pretty endless. Maybe sometimes I like to moderately cosplay (I don’t have the skill or energy to REALLY cosplay like so many fans do and I love and applaud their efforts because I believe it takes talent to be a good cosplayer. And it takes effort to actually make your costume, do your makeup exactly right, etc.) Sometimes I even (gasp?) RP. I read more fanfiction than write it but that doesn’t mean I haven’t dabbled in the craft. Mostly I just delve into storylines and characters because yes, I’m well aware it’s all fiction, but I want to know who I’m watching/reading about. I want to really know who they are and why the writers wrote them how they did. What is the meaning behind certain things they say? What does that expression mean?

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Books help us get a clearer picture of course. The author allows us into the characters’ heads. He or she allows us to possibly be ahead of our favorite’s next move because we may know something they don’t know or something that side characters may not know about them. It’s incredible really. And I form relationships with these fictional characters. They become my friends. They make me care about them. They make me want to know how they are doing. It’s all pretty magical.

When it comes to choosing a favorite character in a book, movie or TV show, I always gravitate toward the side characters. Alice and Jasper in Twilight, Alec and Isabelle from The Mortal Instruments and currently Eliot Waugh from The Magicians (I haven’t read it yet but it will be arriving at my library soon so I can really get into Lev Grossman’s world because I watched the Syfy show’s first two episodes and I am so hooked!). Now, yes, they’re side characters typically. They’re either there to add some wit, there to help the main character learn something important (Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter) and sometimes they’re the villain. But side characters do something else too. They support our heroes and heroines mostly. They are who the main characters often lean on during troubled times. So, let’s start over. I love supporting characters because that’s what I’m going to call them from now on.

I think the reason why I have such love for supporting characters is because my whole life I really wasn’t interested in being the main event of anything. A lot of people said I wanted to be, but I didn’t really. I have always been pretty happy and proud of my own minor accomplishments and especially in how I am able to help others sometimes. I don’t know how I help a lot of the time but people say I do and I’m good with that. Helping to ease others makes me happy. It always has.

I’m totally happy with being a supporting character in others’ stories of their life. I have friends who compare me to the “manic pixie girl” characters in films and at first I was like “What?” but I get what they mean now. (Even if there are a handful of “manic pixie girl” type characters that I find annoying. No one can spend too much time with themselves, right?) This doesn’t make me feel like I’m less than Katniss Everdeen or anything. Like I’m not as strong or heroic or whatever. It helps me to be even more happy that I can be the Prim to someone’s Katniss. That’s just who I am.

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So, this blog will be showing a lot of supporting character love. My current healthy obsession (because there is a difference) is Eliot from The Magicians. Have I mentioned The Magicians and how amazing it is? Have I?) I know there is so much more to him and reading and watching more will help me get a better picture in my mind of who my new literary bestie and role model is. (They change all the time too so…yeah…deal with it. 🙂 )

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I’m really excited about this new blog space for me to just be me in. I hope you enjoy my writing and want to stick around and read more. There will be all kinds of creative things happening here.

Until next time, stay true to you. That’s the only person you ever really have to be concerned about making happy, honestly. ❤

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