Sidekick Showcase is a weekly meme created by Jaclyn at JC's Book Haven to celebrate those awesome side characters who deserve a bit of the limelight too! Each week or sometimes month, Jaclyn offers up a topic/challenge and it's up to us to cast our favorite side character. You can get nutty with it, find an actor who fits the image you have in your head, post quotes, make your own drawing. So snag the graphic, share your pick, and link up on the Linky Link. Happy reading, folks!
I'm diving into a read that was way outside the norm for me, Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. Odd is an amazing character. From the beginning he slipped into my heart and he's still there. Thing is, he shouldn't be so cool, so kind or caring because his life is crazy. He sees stuff that would make anyone run for the hills screaming and bawling their eyes out. But he was graced with a set of people equally amazing. One of them being Chief Porter. Since Odd's real dad is a total asshole and his mom is perhaps the worst mother in any book I've ever read, Chief takes on a father role in Odd's life. The two trust and respect each other. They believe in fighting for the innocents of the world. There are times Chief seems like he would love nothing more than to adopt Odd and offer him sanctuary from all the ugly in the world that won't leave Odd alone. My favorite thing about Chief is that he always believes in Odd. My version of Chief Porter is more like some aging cowboy, you know with the large barrel chest, long legs, and deep wrinkles that speak of equal parts joy and anguish. The movie version cast Willem Dafoe, a skinny, sharp faced man who plays the devil better than anyone, at least in my mind he does because I don't know that I've seen a movie where he plays the devil. I'm sure Mr. Dafoe can convince me he's the mega cool fatherly Chief Porter.
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