Post 2: Favourite side character

03 Jan

How does one even go about choosing a favourite side character?

For me a really good side character is one that’s got a well-developed or at least entertaining character and could have an interesting, thoroughly enjoyable chapter (or maybe even a book) written about some part of their life/ their entire life.

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner just sprung to mind when I typed that. What did people think of that?

So after sitting and scratching my head over this one for the best part of a day, I’ve finally managed to choose one side character I really wish we could have seen more of: Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice.

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking; ‘of some delights I believe, [Cat], a little goes a long way’. (Unless of course you’ve never seen the Ehle-Firth adaptation, in which case you have no clue as to what I’m banging on about).

But this is Jane Austen’s lightest, brightest, most sparkling comedy of errors and of manners! And this is one of her most amusing characters (surpassing even Mr. and Mrs. Elton, Harriet, Walter Elliot, Sir John Middleton and Mrs. Jennings). One of the ones that makes everyone cringe and wish would leave, only to then miss the squirmy feelings his obsequiousness induces.

Overall, Mr. Collins isn’t a well-rounded character: he’s created to serve as a foil for Mr. Darcy and basically exists to move the plot forward (how else would Lizzy have met Darcy after Bingley left Netherfield?) and does need other characters around him to balance out his foibles. Nonetheless, it’d be enjoyable to see a little more of him in much the same way it’s enjoyable to have an extra scene with the villain of a pantomime on stage.


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4 responses to “Post 2: Favourite side character

  1. L.S. Engler

    January 5, 2014 at 04:57

    The first thing that popped into my head was the Harry Potter series, especially as I just finished “Order of the Phoenix” and realized that my favorite characters are the side characters; I actually don’t like Harry Potter as a character much. But Neville, Luna, Ginny…half the fun of the books is reading it for them, especially Neville. I find him so utterly fascinating. I’d have to say he wins it for me.

    • wildnightin

      January 13, 2014 at 17:54

      Oooo, that’s a great choice! Neville’s a really exciting character! He develops so much over the series and his change from ‘the boy you feel sorry for’ to ‘man you respect’ was believable and really interesting to see. Which aspects of his character did you find most fascinating?

      • L.S. Engler

        January 14, 2014 at 01:18

        You hit the nail on the head; it’s definitely the personal journey he goes through, as well as how deftly Rowling (who I more often than not feel is a somewhat clumsy writer in this series) manages to slowly reveal just how intricate of a character he is. The fact that he’s gone through so much and how interestingly Harry’s destiny is tied with Neville, I just think it’s brilliant. It just warms your heart when you discover just why Neville’s undoubtedly Gryffindor!


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