This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic from The Broke and the Bookish is, “Top Ten Characters You Wish Would Get Their OWN Book (minor or just maybe a semi main character you wish a book was from their POV)”.
I actually did not manage to come up with a lot of books where I wanted more of non-main characters. But here’s what I did manage.
Kate Daniels series (urban fantasy): Kate Daniels is a mercenary in a world where magic and technology come in waves, and when one of them is dominant, the other isn’t working. Kate lives in Atlanta, and the series follows her as she becomes embroiled in the problems of the shapeshifters, necromancers, and the magical police.
Derek, the werewolf who’s gone from being an adolescent to a young man through the course of the series, and a steadfast ally of Kate’s. He’s been through a lot, what with being scarred and all. Getting a book from his perspective would be amazing because he doesn’t tend to say most of what he thinks.
Desandra, the new werewolf alpha with a penchant for inappropriate comments. I did not like her when she was first introduced, which is understandable, given that she was not exactly at her best. Now free from the machinations of her abusive father and less than ideal ex-husbands, she can finally shine in her own right, without having to hide her competence. It’s a drastic change and she’s owning it, moving up in the ranks of the pack while raising two infants.
Provost’s Dog trilogy (YA fantasy): Beka Cooper comes from a poor family in the Lower City that got lucky–the Lord Provast of the city’s guardsmen took them in. Since then, Beka has been in training to be a guardswoman, or Dog.
As much as I love Beka and would never trade more books from her point of view for anything, there are a lot of pretty cool characters in these books.
Rosto, Aniki, and Kora. They’re essentially unofficially ruling the lower city now, in a quasi-illegal way. Thy aren’t Lawful the way Beka is, but they do have their own sense of morality, and have helped deal with anything from serial killers to interfering with abuse that Beka could not legally do anything about.
Other stories I wouldn’t mind seeing from this world include Goodwin and Matthias’ early days as dogs/enforcers in the lower city, though that might also hurt, knowing what I know. And the knight Sabine’s future adventures after the last Beka book.
October Daye series (urban fantasy): October (or Toby) Daye is a half-fae living in San Francisco. She’s a detective, and frequently gets tangled up in solving fae problems. Especially when missing children are involved.
The Luidaeg, the sea witch, and a powerful fae with restrictions on her actions. But those restrictions, which make her less suitable to being a protagonist due to the limitations they put on her actions, couldn’t have always been in place. And she’s got centuries of history to draw on. Present day, she’s snarky and jaded, with a terrifying reputation. What was she like before she’d lost so much?
Quentin and Raj, Toby’s squires. They’re best friends and teenagers primed to one day be influential in fae politics. It might be fun to watch them become those people, and try to maintain their friendship against inevitable pressure from social norms. It might have to be a different type of story than the usual in this series, but it could be interesting.
Rayseline Torquill, a young fae who’d been kidnapped and imprisoned during her formative years. She would likely be an anti-hero, and have a redemption arc if she were ever to have her own story. Which is definitely an if. But it’s possible. She was a teenager who’d done some pretty bad things after a tortuous childhood, and after she hadn’t gotten the support she needed to recover from her experiences. One of her disadvantages has been taken away, and who she’ll be in the future remains to be seen.
Girl Genius (steampunk/gaslamp fantasy): Mad scientists rule the world, and the legacy of one family in particular threatens to tear it apart as a lost heir moves to claim that legacy.
There are so many amazing side characters in Girl Genius. I want to pick all of them. But here are some highlights.
Moloch von Zinzer, a mechanic who somehow manages to survive the craziest situations. He’s finally become resigned to his new role as a snarky minion for mad scientists.
Da Boyz, three Jägermonsters, unusually independent for their kind, but just as cheerfully violent.
Zola, a professional damsel in distress, master of the art of pretending to be an idiot, who only wants you to think she’s completely incompetent. So that you underestimate her while she goes about being a spy/ninja/whatever.
Othar Tryggvassen, Gentleman Adventurer, a hero(?) dedicated to protecting the world from mad scientists (despite technically being one himself), he’s sure he’s the hero of this story. Even if he gets his own story to be the hero of, I foresee him misinterpreting everything.
Violetta, a reluctant spy/ninja who says she’s worse at her job than she actually is. And likes pretty dresses, though she hasn’t gotten to wear one yet, what with all the enemies to fight.
Ardsley Wooster, a secret agent just a tad out of depth, now that he’s surrounded by evil geniuses…But when he’s in his element, we get brief windows on a completely different story.
That’s all I got, and weirdly enough, it was easier to come up with multiple characters for one work than multiple works. Not including TV shows/movies this go around, but if anyone can think of side characters from other media which could really work their own story, let me know!