Secondary Characters Who Deserve Their Own Books

My friend Tara over at The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say Shhh recently shared her Top Ten Characters Who Need Their Own Novels.  Her list was brilliant and definitely got me thinking!

Here’s my own list:

1. Chaz Santangelo from Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
I so desperately want to spend more time with the Jellicoe gang, and I think it would be awesome to follow up with Chaz maybe four or five years down the road, find out what he (and the rest of the gang) have been up to.  It would definitely need to involve a romance with Raffy.

2. Jimmy Hailer from Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
His absence is definitely felt in The Piper’s Son (though I think it was the right choice), but Marchetta has mentioned that Jimmy is stewing in her mind and that she still might tell his story.  Highlight between the brackets for a mini-spoiler: [She wrote, “Jimmy’s not going anywhere, but it’s just not his time yet. All I know about him is that he is the first of Frankie gang to start breeding (accidently).” OH MY GOSH. JIMMY IS A BABY DADDY.].

3. Drew Leighton from The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
Drew was a fascinating character to me: a womanizing bastard with a heart of gold.  I’d love to learn more about his story.

scorose4. Rose Weasley from Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (epilogue) by J.K. Rowling
When Ron encourages his daughter not to get too friendly with Scorpius Malfoy since Granddad Weasley would never forgive her for marrying a pureblood … well, that set up a companion novel (and lots and lots of fan fiction) right there.

5. Hanna from Fire by Kristin Cashore
I’d love to revisit Hanna, Prince Brigan’s daughter, ten years after Fire and see what sort of 16-year-old she’d be!

6. Rhiannon from Every Day by David Levithan
Post-Every Day.

7. Poppet Murphy from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Must. Have. More.

Your turn!  Leave a comment telling me what characters you think deserve their own books.

Image credit: Viria

4 thoughts on “Secondary Characters Who Deserve Their Own Books

  1. Have you read the James Potter series? They’re novel-length fan fiction that explore the next-generation characters. Rose and Scorpious both have significant parts in the story, starting in book 2 — lets just say there are some big surprises for one of those early in their first year. 🙂

    They’re not the same as the original series, and there are parts some people don’t like, but they’re well-written and respectful of the original story and settings, while expanding into some interesting original settings and characters. The author makes them free for download; I found them at

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