At the end of last year, I read (and loved) A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. (Seriously, if that book isn't on your radar yet, you should probably check it out.) In one of the earlier chapters in this novel, there is a secondary character introduced that I just immediately fell in love with. And it struck me, when I realized how deeply I already cared for this character, that this was sort of a bookish version of instant love. Because when you meet a secondary character that provokes an emotional response in you right off the bat, it's magical and wonderful. You just know, you know?
I've been analyzing it for some time now, trying to figure out what it is about these guys and gals that just made me fall for them and want to follow them to the ends of the earth immediately. They might not be the main characters, but they definitely leave an impression right off the bat! I've found that, personally, I'm attracted to strong characters with distinct personalities, with a special affection for the ones who can make me laugh and the ones who are good friends. Here are some of my beloved secondary characters, the ones who I love so dearly (and sometimes even more than some of the main characters):
Roux from Also Known As - If I find out one of my best friends is a spy, I hope I'm as excited + supportive about it as Roux is. Plus, she's got a healthy sense of humor!
Kenji from Shatter Me - Now here's a guy who's not afraid to say what he thinks! Kenji has a quick wit and strong perception, and would make a great coach and best friend.
Iko from Cinder - Iko would be a fun companion to have, particularly if you needed updates on the latest gossip or opinions on your fashion choices.
Sturmhond from Siege and Storm - Who doesn't want a charming, smart captain to be one of their best friends (or potential love interests)?
Kat from Where the Stars Still Shine - One of my best friends is also my cousin, the way Kat is Callie's cousin. I love how supportive Kat is, even though their circumstances are so different.
Bailey from Making Faces - You'd think that being disabled would prevent you from having a sunny outlook on life, and then you meet Bailey. He's smart, fun + optimistic!
Zuzana from Daughter of Smoke and Bone - I would love to have a friend as artistic as Zuzana! This gal is not only talented, but is also majorly supportive when it comes to Karou.
Rowan from Heir of Fire - Here's the guy I would bare my entire soul to, who I would trust with every single part of me - good and bad and in between. It helps that he could be a protector as well!
Dee/Lilah from Open Road Summer - I love that Dee is a source of encouragement and support for Reagan, even though she has a career she is passionate about and truly involved in. Such a sweetheart!
Lucien from A Court of Thorns and Roses - And here's the guy who inspired this entire post! Lucien is a good friend to Tamlin, one who is funny, offbeat and really charming in spite of the things he's suffered. Doesn't hurt that Sarah compares him to a fox either!
And there you have it, some of the secondary characters that I'm head over heels for! I seriously wouldn't mind reading entirely separate novels about these guys and gals (Zuzana has her own novella!) if the authors were ever to write them. Now, you tell me, have you ever felt like this about secondary characters? Tell me your favorites!