Secondary Characters Who Deserve Their Own Novels: Children’s and YA edition

Have you read Lauren Oliver’s Delirium series yet? The final installment in the series was released just last month and we can’t seem to stop thinking about it! Requiem shakes up the formula of its previous protagonist-only point of view and allows readers into the mind of one of its secondary characters.  Instead of following only Lena, who is living as a rebel outside the city walls, readers get the treat of seeing parts of the story through the eyes of her best friend Hana, who is living on the inside and is cured of that nasty ability to love.

This has inspired us over at The Savvy Reader to brainstorm all the incredible secondary characters we wish we knew more about! Here are a few from some great Children’s and Young Adult titles that we think are deserving of their own novels.

Mad Hatter from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

There are very few books with characters as bizarre and nonsensical as the folks Alice meets in Wonderland. So naturally, we want to learn more about them all! As one of the most renowned of Alice’s acquaintances, the Mad Hatter is at the top of the list. Perhaps the story could delve into his life before he was sentenced to death by the Queen of Hearts (and then subsequently saved by “Time” who makes it 6:00 forever). Was his singing really terrible enough to warrant the death penalty? Why does he perpetually sit down to tea with a rabbit and a mouse? We want answers!

Mr. Tumnus from The Chronicles of Narnia

Mr. Tumnus was said to be the first image of Narnia that popped into C.S. Lewis’s head, and thus was the spark that ignited the entire series. So naturally, he is special enough to warrant a book of his own. We could learn about his early life in Narnia, how he came to be in the service of the White Witch, and what he got up to in between The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and the next book he appeared in, The Horse and His Boy.

Caleb Prior from Divergent and Insurgent

This one is a no-brainer. There are plenty of Tris’s fellow Dauntless that are interesting enough to warrant their own novel, but we feel like Caleb would provide us with a story much different than his sister’s. What was going on in his head before the Choosing Ceremony? Did he always know Candor was for him? Most importantly, how did he get roped into working for Jeanine? So many questions… we definitely need to get inside that boy’s head! Fortunately, we have the third (as-of-yet untitled) Divergent book that could clear some of this up.

Christopher Robin from Winnie the Pooh

There are a lot of things we could learn about Christopher Robin. What brought him to the Hundred-Acre Wood? What became of him when he grew up? Did he ever come back to see his friends? But most importantly, where were all the adults? And, who in the world allowed a little boy to spend all his time with a gaggle of mismatched (though admittedly very nice) wild animals?

Oompa Loompas from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

They’re from Loompaland, a region of Loompa, and were hired at the Chocolate Factory so they could escape their predators the Whangdoodles, Hornswagglers, and Snozzwangers. Though that is the extent of our knowledge of these tiny, moralizing song-singing factory workers, it’s certainly enough to make us want to know what the heck any of that means! This new novel could be set in Loompaland (which by the way is located on an island in the Pacific) and maybe even include the visit and rescue from Willy Wonka himself!

Sirius Black from Harry Potter

This one took some extensive polling (there are so many!), but in the end the most common answer was none other than Harry Potter’s godfather, the roguish and tortured Sirius Black. This kind of spinoff novel could easily spiral into dark and morbid tales of twelve years in Azkaban, but in his earlier years we could delve into his  rambunctious adventures with James! Runners-up included Draco Malfoy (a rewrite of the series from his point of view would be great, thanks), Luna Lovegood, Remus Lupin, or Neville Longbottom (when he started the rebellion at Hogwarts in the last book!) Who would you choose?

Anyone that isn’t Bella, Edward or Jacob from Twilight

Someone once suggested that if these three principle characters were not included, Twilight could be a series about Charlie Swan, a quiet, lonely sheriff, who finds out that his best friend is a werewolf, and the much-trusted town doctor is a vampire. Then he could help them all kick some butt against ancient vampires trying to kill everyone and destroy the peace of their little town of Forks. We don’t know about you, but we like this idea! We’ll also take stories on Alice, Carlisle or Rosalie, please and thanks!

Elizabeth from This Dark Endeavour and Such Wicked Intent

While Kenneth Oppel did take a few liberties with the original tale of Frankenstein (Victor doesn’t have a twin brother, for example), he did include the character of Elizabeth—the distant cousin Victor Frankenstein loved since childhood. Just like the youthful Victor is far more heroic than the Victor he becomes in adult life, Elizabeth is also far bolder in Oppel’s prequels than the passive woman portrayed in Mary Shelley’s classic. We want to know what happens in between!

Are there any secondary characters you are dying to know more about? Tell us who by commenting below or tweeting @SavvyReader!


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2 thoughts on “Secondary Characters Who Deserve Their Own Novels: Children’s and YA edition

  1. What a great idea for a list! I especially like your questions for Christopher Robin. Haha. Even though I would totally choose Sirius over him, I’m surprised Dumbledore as a teen didn’t make the list. I wonder what kind of shananigans he would have got up to at Hogwarts…

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