I would hate to listen to a conversation between secondary characters. And if they ever become organized...we're all in trouble.
Secondary characters are most often easily dismissed. Sacrificed. Taken advantage of. And treated as stupid...even when they're anything but.
These characters are sounding boards, the voices of reason, and dynamic shifters. They often are catalysts and fall guys. Rough job, huh?
Or we, as the employers, can make them smart. But not TOO smart. We can make them attractive. But not TOO attractive. And God forbid we make them wittier than the main characters!!!
It's a fine line when we create the world of our literary dreams. We must blend characters together and find the right balance to showcase our stories. Who wants the Steve Urkel of characters to take over?
For example...I read Nora Robert's flower trilogy. And there is a character named David in them. He cooks and runs the household at the main house. And I loved him! Right this very minute...I can't remember any of the other characters' names. And I would love to read David's story. But I don't see it happening. I would have been happy if Nora had given him a relationship throughout the book. You know, start in book one and meander towards book three with a HEA going on for him. On the other hand...David is gay. And I wonder if that's why. I guess I'll never know.
Secondary characters can make or break a book. (I don't share that with mine. They might get the big head.) But I do try to treat them right. And sometimes...there will even be a spin-off book for them. *wink*
Sometimes it's incredibly easy to dumb them down and only give them parts that complement the main characters. But what fun is that? They may be secondary...but they ARE characters. Spice 'em up. Show 'em a good time. And more than likely you'll get a good return for your investment.
I'm reminded of Jack and Karen from "Will and Grace." What would the show be without them? A little less gay. A little less snarky. And not nearly as fun.
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