I don’t know if I can think of 10 minor characters, but I’ll do my best.
1. Mrs. Fairfax from Jane Eyre. She was really the first adult that took an interest in Jane and had a real impact on how she viewed others.
2. Bessy from North and South. Even though I have only viewed the mini series that came out a few years ago, she came across as the first true friend that Margaret makes when her family moves to Milton.
3. Mr. Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. Is the voice of reason in the book, even though at times he isn’t the voice of reason.
4. Snape from the Harry Potter series. Even though he isn’t beloved like most of the teacher’s in the series, he is the one that acts the most nobly of the teachers.
5. Richard Mason from Jane Eyre. His coming heralds the disclosure of the secret of Mr. Rochester.
6. St. John Rivers from Jane Eyre. Even though Jane comes to care for him, his wanting her to do something other than what she wants to do reveals Jane’s feelings for Mr. Rochester.
7. Charlotte Lucas from Pride and Prejudice. She seems to be Lizzie’s sounding board in the first bit of the book and allows her to think more clearly about her feelings for Mr. Darcy.
8. Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice. Sort of the elephant in the room. The Bennet family knows that their family estate is to be entailed on him when Mr. Bennet dies and therefore is the impetus for the family getting their daughters marrying.
9. Miss Edmuds from Bridge to Terabithia. She is the teacher that Jesse admires and takes him to the Smithsonian Musuem, which leads to Leslie’s death.
10. Helen Burns from Jane Eyre. Jane’s first true friend and the only person that Jane can trust at Lowood School.
Let me know what you think.
I just watched an interesting segment on CBC’s The National that said that reading amongst teens is up about 40%. I can’t recall the amount of years that they did the survey over, but it was at least the last 10 years. Part of the reason that they cited in the report was the fact that YA fiction has taken on more of an adult tone and deals more of what teens and pre-teens are going through and is much more realistic than the teen and tween books that I read growing up. No Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley Twins for these kids. Even I have noticed it while working in an elementary school library. The books seem to be more complex than what I grew up with and I hope that these teen readers continue to read into their adult years.
Follow Friday asks this week: What is the most emotional scene in a book that you have read lately?
If you mean lately, within the last few months, than I would have to say the final third of Unbroken by Laura Hilenbrand. It was the most amazing emotional journey that I went on. It was not only gripping, but it was also so emotionally wrenching that I still remember it 4 months later. I can never recall crying as hard as I had when I read those final chapters.
This week Crazy for Books asks: Are you going to Book Expo America (BEA) and/or the Book Blogger Convention (BBC) this year?
Simple answer: no. If they were being held in Seattle, I would consider it. I don’t make enough money to consider going and I would have to make it a priority through out the year in order to go.
This weeks question: What books have you read that have been hyped as literary and, in your opinion, were not?
Personally I felt that A Visit from the Goon Squad was not literary and should have categorized as being a collection of short stories. I realize that I might get some flack for this choice, but from my perspective, the book had no continuity and no flow to the book. It seemed to me to be a bunch of stories that were loosely connected to each other.
Finally its back! More later
As I was reading this evening, a thought came to me (actually it was something that came to me a few minutes ago, but whatever) and I am thinking that I am going to keep my blogger account and use this account whenever Blogger goes down, so that I do still have a forum to voice how I feel about stuff and post my reviews, etc. I would just then copy my post from here and put it on blogger as though it were a new post. It would still keep me active blogging and this would just be a backup so that I could post while it is down. There are just some things that I like about Blogger, ie Linked Within, that I just am hesitant to give up. And who knows, it will probably be up and running by sometime tomorrow.
As from now on, I will be posting from here. While I loved using Blogspot, it is not providing me with the service that I once was able to enjoy. So as a result I will be posting from here on end. I will post a farewell post to blogspot and letting people know where to find me. Until I post later.