Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday. This time we’re talking about those romantic entanglements in books that don’t involve the main characters. Those times when we watch side characters get together in the background and let slip a little squee of joy. Let’s get started.
5. Terry/Glenna in Horns by Joe Hill. This is a very dark book, but part of the hopeful note at the end is that these two find something good in each other. Glenna was a character I especially wanted to see find some happiness, and it seems like things are going to go right for her in the end, and their relationship is part of that. It definitely became a thing that made me go “aw” by the time it was all said and done.
4. Josef/Francois in Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones. Now did they enter a relationship by the end of the book? Technically not yet as they’re still in the puppy love/crush stages of this relationship, but I can see them easily heading in that direction, and it was great. I love the ease with which they’re slipped together. It feels totally natural and right. It’s yet another reason why I can’t wait for the sequel to this book.
3. Venn/Dengwi in The Claidi Journals by Tanith Lee. This could maybe be seen as pairing off the leftover characters as it happens in the last book, but I loved both of these character so much that it worked for me. Venn especially was a character I wanted to see happy before it was all over, and it was a relief that he stopped chasing Claidi and found someone who would return his feelings. It’s part of what made this conclusion to the series feel so nice.
2. Albert/Bethany in “The Langoliers” by Stephen King. This was the first thing I ever read by Stephen King, all the way back when I was thirteen years old. And I loved Albert’s story, where he’s some unassuming nerd who becomes a hero, and the girl notices. Sweetest, coolest story ever. While they’re not exactly side characters, it’s enough of an ensemble piece with so much attention on other characters, I feel it counts.
1. Finnick/Annie in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Just a couple of broken people who find love together, if for a short time. That’s a really beautiful and tragic story, and Collins tells it so well. It emphasizes the “war is hell” message of that last book, as well. It may not have been the focus of the books, but it drives home so much of what these books are about.
Thanks for reading, and as always, happy geeking!
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