( you know... all those great supporting character or a VERY minor character that might have been only in there a page or two but had an effect on you)
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These are only the minor characters I could remember from off the top of my head, so if I were to do this list again it might look totally different.
This very nearly became a Terry Pratchett only list, but I was able to restrain myself (but only just).
In no particular order:
- Fred from Anyone But you by Jennifer Crusie. The archetypal lovable ugly mutt with a personality.
- Davy Dempsey from Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie. Sharp and dangerous and very probably a criminal but also a loving brother who will do anything to protect his family. I’m glad he got a book of his own (Faking It).
- Jemmy from Viscount Vagabond by Loretta Chase. My favourite lovable urchin.
- Greebo the cat from the Discworld books by Terry Pratchett. He is such an epitome of evil felinity that it’s hard not to love him. My friend used to have a cat just like him: evil, smelly and crazy, and father and grandfather to most of the feline population in our village.
- The Luggage from the Discworld books by Terry Pratchett. I wish I had one.
- The Librarian from the Discworld books by Terry Pratchett. Ook, ook!
- The Death of Rats from the Discworld books by Terry Pratchett. He’s always there for the rats (and some humans), has strong opinions that don’t always agree with those of Death and acts as a conscience and guide to some of the characters. I’d like to think he came for one particular character from the Harry Potter universe...
- Theodore from My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell. Theo was an actual person, Dr. Theodore Stephanides, and a remarkable man:scientist, doctor, translator, historian and acclaimed poet. I would have loved to have met him.
- Hagrid from the Harry Potter books. I actually did a random drawing here, between several characters. I expect to find him on a number of lists.
- The bums from Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. A lovable band of rogues. The frog hunting chapter is one of the funniest passages in any book I have read.