• Choose a sidekick *or someone other than the hero or heroine* that you would like to put in the spotlight that fits in this week's type
• Share a picture (if possible) and information about the character
• Give the title and author of a book the character can be found in
• Please don't include too many spoilers when describing why the character is such a great sidekick
• Put your link in the Linky thing and comment
June 15th - Unlucky
June 22nd - Villain among Villains
June 29th - Cocky
This week's sidekick challenge is "My Way or the Highway!!"I immediately thought of Oliver from the Morganville series, but it's more like my way or my fangs when it comes to that old vampire. Then I thought of Gale from The Hunger Games trilogy. I always felt he had one stance and would never consider any other way of thinking/living/fighting. But I settled on a character that might have actually said those words...(The Host minor spoiler alert!) Jeb Stryder from The Host. Jeb is a craggy old man. Whatever he did in his life before Mel/Wanderer met him established the old man as the boss. If you disagree you can leave. If you disagree badly, you can leave existence. William Hurt plays Jeb in the movie version, but to me, the actor is too pretty, even as a bearded old man.
Now for my own sidekicks. My mom's first thought was Kinsey Milhone from Sue Grafton's alphabet mystery series...A is for Alibi....Granted Kinsey is a main character, but my mom is so right about her. She loves her independence. She's accepting in a nonjudgmental way, but she's discerning in a total "my way or the highway" kind of way. Then my mom thought of Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, again another main character, but mysteries and thrillers don't often have as many sidekicks as paranormal reads have. If anyone is trigger happy about walking away or pushing you away it's Lisbeth, our favorite damaged Goth, hacker, tattoo chick.
Shannon jumped right in with Jerome from Richelle Mead's Succubus Blues. Imagine a demon who looks exactly like the 80's version of John Cusack. He's the head boss of all the supernaturals in the Seattle area (he might cover more area, I just can't remember). Jerome reports directly to hell. Guess how willing he is to negotiate.
The conversation with my sidekicks (namely my sister) was light on arguments, but I did cut them off when they started naming characters from my upcoming books. We'll see if that was an effective deterrent.