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Such a thrilling theme, don’t you find?
I just can’t control my hands, as I want so much to share my thoughts with you on this topic.
What do you think about background characters?
How do you get along with their stories and influence on protagonist?
As for me, they are the most interesting heroes in the books. You know, it’s like you understand pretty everything with the participation of protagonist in a plot and about relations and their happy-or-not ending. And, if you are a bookworm you possibly can trace within your beloved genres of books the same kind of progress between main characters. But, you never know the destiny of background character. And it’s such a stunning discovery during your reading.
So here I’d like to invent another way of plot development, and I’d like to take as an example very familiar books those I hope you’ve already read as they are very famous and popular. Inasmuch as I can’t play this game with any background character, I’d like to separate one kind of them – boyfriends.
Just imagine, what if these background boyfriends did the things wrong and never fell in love with their love-mates? What if they never existed? God forbid! So maybe, after all, we’ll find the truth about their ‘background-ness’ (Is it even a word?)
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare Alec Lightwood & Magnus Bane
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Finnick Odair & Annie Cresta
Desperate times need desperate heroes motivated by desperate feelings. Indeed love is over the edge with despair. So this is the best turn of events for Katniss. Sure she doesn’t give a clue, that she can be supported by a top-of-the-line ally, whose primary goal is saving his lady-love. Thank you, Haymitch, who was so prudent to conclude such beneficial alliance. So, love of despair boyfriend, Finnick Odair, to broken down beloved, Annie Cresta, was the start of lasting partnership and the first wave of the unconcealed rebellion against the tyranny of the Capitol leader. Hard to imagine the consequences of absence such dramatic love-story. Better I won’t.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas Arobynn Hamel & Lysandra
This background character had not that kind of story we expected. Arobynn Hamel is a cruel and calculating leader of assassins, who passionates to the protagonist, Celaena Sardothien, deep inside his black heart. However, he’ll never get her love, so he finds the best alternative to extinguish his flame of adoration using Lysandra as his lover. There is no fondness or any other true feelings between them except self-interest. He’s playing cruel games with Lysandra in the hope of causing Celaena’s jealousy. Thereby he doesn’t notice he nurtures an enemy suchlike as Lysandra. As we say, ‘enemy of the enemy is my friend’, Lysandra and Celaena become allies despite their disputes. Their future friendship will bring us a lot of surprises. So thank you, Arobynn, you were so blind and never had a real crush on Lysandra. If something went wrong, both of you could live happily ever after, causing real troubles to Celaena and as a result, she’d never got a powerful ally.
So, here’re my thoughts. I really tried to skip spoilers in case you didn’t read these books. Hope they’ll jump into your TBR list.
If you have any other ideas on this topic, please share them with me in the comments below. Hope you can invent a personal plot twist with your favorite background characters – boyfriends or girlfriends is up to you.
I’m very excited to hear what you think about it.