My Slight Obsession With Secondary Characters | Rants & Rambles

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So remember a few weeks ago when I wrote a discussion asking “Are Standalones Becoming Extinct?” and I disclosed my slight obsession with secondary characters? No? WELL, I HAVE A SLIGHT OBSESSION! Okay, scratch that. My obsession is anything but slightDo I have a problem? YesDo I want help for said problem?

Personally, I blame the growing popularity of series for my obsession with secondary characters. With series becoming a growing trend, authors are no longer writing stories with just two characters in mind. They are looking at a bigger picture, hoping to take a small idea and turn it into something more! That means creating more characters with their own stories that can be furthered developed in future installments. So long are the days where secondary characters stood in the background, waiting to be summoned by primary characters. Secondary characters are starting to steal the spotlight, demanding they get screen time too, and I think IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME SECONDARY CHARACTERS STEPPED UP AND MADE THEIR PRESENCE KNOWN! Here are a few reason why I like secondary characters and why we need them:

VOICE OF REASON: I’ve found that secondary characters can sometimes be labeled as the “voice of reason”. When primary characters are in a bind and need help making tough decisions, they sometimes turn to their best friend for advice. Even when primary characters are thinking irrationally, secondary characters help to anchor them and “bring them back to Earth”. I’m actually quite fond of this role because I relate to it a lot. I’m the advice-giver among my friends and I’ve been known to keep my friends out of trouble a few times just like some of my favorite secondary characters.

CAUSING CHAOS AT EVERY CORNER: This is something new to me since I started reading again, but I secondary characters have become bolder and are starting to stir up a lot of trouble in the books I’ve been reading. It’s gotten to the point where I’ve actually plotted out their deaths because they keep messing with my ship! Secondary characters are keeping us on our toes, doing all types of shit to keep us from having our HEAs. Some have even wreak so much havoc that we are left sitting at the edge of our seats, dying to know what happens next. I’m looking at you Brooke (Broken Prince)!

SHENANIGANS & GAME-CHANGERS: I don’t know about y’all, but I love secondary characters who aren’t so serious and do silly things that make me laugh. Perfect example of this are my boys from the Off-Campus series. Dean Di-Laurentis comes to mind when I think of shenanigans because if you’ve read this series you know the amount of shenanigans he is involved in. I love his character so much and I hope he keeps on entertaining us in the final installment. Lysandra from the Throne of Glass series would be labeled as a “game-changer” character for me because her actions helped Aelin succeed in slaying the King. Seriously, she came out of nowhere and pulled some stunts I was not expecting and that is why she is my favorite character in this series.

SECOND TIMES A CHARM: So I know that’s not the correct phrase, but there have been times where I am reading the first book in a series and I’m not really loving it, but I still decide to give the second book a chance because I really like those secondary characters from the first book. Majority of the times, I will actually end up liking the book that revolves around the secondary characters more than I did for the book that revolves around the primary characters. I don’t know what it is, but it’s happened a few times now and I just can’t get enough of these secondary characters. The only problem is that after their books ends, I rarely ever see them in future installments. *sigh*


I’m really thankful that authors are taking the time to expand the narratives of secondary characters. Love them or hate them, whether they are the best friend or the arch nemesis, secondary characters SHOULD matter and as readers we should give them as much attentions as we do with primary characters. Go ahead a take that spotlight secondary characters, YOU’VE EARNED IT!

That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!

How do you feel about secondary characters and do you have any favorites?

Let me know in the comments!

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16 thoughts on “My Slight Obsession With Secondary Characters | Rants & Rambles

  1. I LOVE secondary characters! I often find I connect with them more than the lead in books I’m not particularly enjoying. Which is why I love NA romance series where the next book is about another lead character, especially if their story has been built up a bit in the first book 🙂

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    • What I really like about NA series is that even though people may get annoyed with all characters having their own book, authors are showing us how important secondary characters are. There is bound to be at least one character a reader can relate to and all of my favorite NA series are my favorites because of the strong bonds between the characters. I really can’t get enough of the friendships in NA romances, even if the actual romance itself is not so good.

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    • I totally agree with you! Especially if the author plans to extend a story into a series, it’s best to lay the foundation for secondary characters in the first book so we have an idea of their personality. Just because they are secondary doesn’t mean that their roles are not important and like you said, there actions can definitely make or break a story.

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  2. Yes, I agree with you 110%. I absolutely love secondary characters, sometimes even more than the primary characters. I love when series or trilogies really develop their secondary characters, making sure that they are just as important as the main character — which can be demonstrated with the roles secondary characters often play you mentioned above. Fantastic, fantastic post! 🙂

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  3. I love secondary characters! I always need great secondary characters in a book. I feel like it’s really important and that a story would be bland without them. I think it’s my obsession with wanting there to be more strong friendships in books too. Some of my favorite characters are secondary characters; Lucien from ACTOAR and Kenji from Shatter Me to name a few.

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    • I feel like secondary characters can even make a series better and even change the direction of a story. There have been times where a secondary character has died and their death leads to the main character doing something drastic, although I really hate when that happens because it always ends up being a character that I love. It’s not fair, but I guess sacrifices need to be made.

      I really loved Lucien in ACOTAR and then I read ACOMAF and I hated him for doing the things he did. I’m hoping he redeems himself in the third book because he really is a great character and I he’s not really a bad guy, he’s just trying to help Tamlin.

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      • I completely agree! And I know what you mean about secondary character deaths always ending up being a character you love. That happens to me so much, almost every series I read. I’m always like “Why!?” 😭. Definitely not fair, but sometimes needed for the overall plot.

        Same! I’m hoping he redeems himself as well. I feel like the way he acted had a lot to do with how loyal he is. Not only is Tamlin his closest friend but also his High Lord. I guess it’s hard for him to see Tamlin in a negative light, but I’m betting after what went down in the end of ACOMAF it won’t be long.

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    • Yes to the friendships. There have been times where I’ll be reading an NA book and was just not feeling the romance aspect of the book, but would still continue to read because secondary characters kept me entertained. Sometimes I’ll even continue a series just so I could read that characters story even if I didn’t really like the first book. Secondary characters can definitely make or break a series for me.

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