It’s April again and that means it’s time for the A to Z challenge and this year, my theme for the A to Z Challenge is characters and narrators.
They’re not the focal point of your story, they’re not even the dreaded enemy of your hero(ine), but like it or not – side characters are still important to most stories.
Well sir, they keep the story’s momentum going and often make the story richer in detail and life. While the tension is ratcheting up (but you’re essentially in a set up scene for something really big about to go down) , you need to reveal the truth about someone, you want to give your character advice, or in the romance genre, while your heroine is being taunted and tempted (but not yet thoroughly seduced), it’s time to bring in the side characters.
Oh side characters, you unsung heroes and heroines of plot, we honor you.
Notable side characters:
- Lydia (Pride and Prejudice)
- Aunt May and Uncle Ben (Spiderman)
- Silent Bob (though he is also a fun author insertion)
- Dumbledore (HP series, all those fabulous quotes and plot devices he throws in Harry’s way are mighty helpful)
- A heroine’s friend in any non-series romance novel.