Top Ten Tuesday: (Five) Secondary/Minor Characters Who Deserve More Love

Created by and with thanks to That Artsy Reader! This week’s theme is going to highlight the seriously deserving–my favourite female trope, the ‘angry’ girl!

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1. Rosalie Hale from the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer
Rosalie was prickly and short-tempered and vain, but you know what? She earned those traits after suffering such trauma it literally killed her–and then being brought into an un-life where she could never have the things she’d died trying to get. So what if she didn’t like Bella, who’d been around all of ten minutes and indirectly put the only people Rosalie cared about in danger? Forks is not split into ‘bad people’ and ‘people who like Bella’. Rosalie got a lot of hate for being blonde and beautiful and not fawning over Bella, and for calling the situation what it was. Rosalie deserved more!

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2. Charlotte Fairchild from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
I know Charlotte isn’t ‘angry’ as such, but she’s massively underrated, and there are some great moments in the latter two thirds of the series where she’s just so rightly frustrated. She runs an Institute, she’s all but adopted teenagers barely younger than her, she thinks her husband was forced to marry her, and then she has all that threatened because of the incompetence of the men around her–and still she rises to be the first HBIC for the Shadowhunters. Charlotte is a damn hero.

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3. Isabelle Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Not only is Izzy every bit as fierce a warrior as any of her male counterparts, but she’s the beating, fighting heart of her family–protecting her brothers from the secret she’s been forced to bear her entire childhood, of her dad’s infidelity and the issues in her parents’ marriage. Izzy’s another one who faced criticism because she didn’t immediately fawn over the heroine–but the relationship she eventually builds with Clary is another reason she is a complete queen.

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4. Macey McHenry from the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter
Oh, Macey. I feel like she’s the least favourite Gallagher Girl because she’s new, and she’s not the brain, or the brawn, or the protagonist–but I love her cutting tongue, and sharp mind, and the way she beats everyone’s expectations of her, all while being in the spotlight as a politician’s daughter and hiding her true identity from the world. Macey can do it all.

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And the character who inspired this post: 5. Leah Burke from Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
I’ll be posting a gush about this book soon, so I’ll keep it short, but for now: Leah is sarcastic, and vulnerable, and takes no shit, and I get her, and I adore her.

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What are your favourite character tropes?

21 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: (Five) Secondary/Minor Characters Who Deserve More Love

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    1. Thank you! And yes, complete bullshit double standards. Prickly guys get to be the sexily brooding antiheroes. Prickly girls are sacrificed on an alter of hate to make the gentle heroine look better. Justice for the prickly girls!

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    1. Yessss! Rosalie fell victim to that 00s-hate-the-pretty-blonde-girl trope, which is such a shame because she had such potential–she was an excellent musician, a mechanic, and almost had the cleanest non-eating-people record of the family (and a great revenge story). I would love to see how differently she’d be written/treated today!

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