Wanted: A Sidekick Protagonist (Guest Post)

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Have you ever wished you could find that one book that was about _____? Have you ever found yourself wondering what a book with a certain kind of theme or message would be like? That’s exactly what “Wanted” is all about. A semi-regular feature, I use “Wanted” to talk about all those books I wish I could find that nobody seems to have written yet. If you happen to know of some books that fit my criteria, I would love for you to send them my way through the comments!

Everyone, say hello to Briana from Pages Unbound! She’s stopping by today to let us know what she wants to see happen in future novels:

I love reading fantasy. It’s always exciting to enter into a new world where anything can happen and where people can possess incredible powers. It is a place of mystery, wonder, and endless possibilities. However, sometimes the people are just that—incredible, or hard to believe. If you read a lot of fantasy novels back to back, you begin to notice something. Everyone is special. Everyone is chosen. Everyone is the greatest warrior/wizard/king of their time. It turns out all their friends are super-special, too. For an example, you can check out all of Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books. They’re amazing, but I can never decide whether it’s too much, or just completely natural, that all the extraordinary people in the kingdom know each other. What I want, then, is a fantasy book with a protagonist who is not special, or rare, or the most talented at his or her particular skill. But I don’t want an “Everyman” either, because of course that has been done, as well. Check out J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. I want a novel about the sidekick, someone sort of talented who knows all the cool chosen people but is still somewhat on the sidelines. Like Harry Potter told from Ron’s point of view. Does such a book exist? Can it work, or will readers wonder why the book isn’t about Harry? ~ Briana

Thanks so much for joining us Briana!

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11 Responses to “Wanted: A Sidekick Protagonist (Guest Post)”

  1. Briana says:

    Thanks for inviting me to guest post!

  2. Cain Freeman says:

    Mm… Honestly, I can’t come up with a single one, though I’d love to read a book like that. Even more than a sidekick, I want a book where it is a completely normal individual living their life. The plot of a realistic fiction, but in a fantasy world. Think about the potential for world building there.

    • Briana says:

      I don’t think this is quit what you mean, but Sharon Shinn’s The Safe-Keeper’s Secret, and the other books set in that world, have always reminded me of ordinary people living in a fantasy world for some reason.

  3. I love reading books that have the POV of another character … there are some books with alternating POVs, but I’ve read a few series where the first book is told by one character and then the second book is the same story told by a different character, so we get the same story, but a completely different feeling.

    • Briana says:

      This is an interesting concept! I’ve definitely seen authors do short scenes from other characters’ perspectives (like Veronica Roth), but I’m not sure I’ve seen an entire book dedicated to it!

  4. Diane Walker says:

    Try the Lost Book series by Ted Dekker. Great stories about ordinary people and extraordinary circumstances. Great series that kept me wanting more.

  5. Terpsichore says:

    Hmmm. I’m sure “Harry Potter from Ron’s point of view” was just an example and you’re not on the lookout for fanfiction, buuut Ann Margaret DID write a fabulous take on OotP, HBP, and DH from Hermione’s POV here: http://www.fictionalley.org/authors/ann_margaret/

    The other thing that comes to mind is Orson Scott Card’s _Ender’s Shadow,_ a parallax to _Ender’s Game._ The main character, Bean, is in some ways just as special as Ender Wiggin, I must admit, but he’s special in *different* ways and thus occasionally has the Sidekick POV going on.

    • Briana says:

      I don’t read a lot of fan fiction, but I do occasionally dip into it, so this sounds worth looking into!

      I’ve read Ender’s Game and enjoyed; this also sounds like a great recommendation.


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