Secondary characters should never be wallpaper.
When Cheree at Justified Lunacy said she was hosting the Sidelines Blogfest for scenes that highlight a secondary character, I had to sign on. I have a character in mind that is a favorite, but I may choose another to challenge myself.
Joss Whedon's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" created some of the most memorable sidekicks ever. I mean, how can you argue with that if you think about these characters: Willow, Xander, Giles, Cordelia, Faith, Angel, Spike, Tara, Anya. Each of them unique and fascinating as they walk the line between what's right and wrong, what's real and not.
Voice. They had it. If you've never watched this show, please give yourself a treat. Hilarious, heartbreaking, witty and terrifying. And, actually, deep, if you care to muse on it. Here, I'll give you a few snippets from Buffy. These are from various episodes so you won't be following a story line, just hearing their different voices:
Absalom: :"Your day is done, girl. I'll grind you into a sticky paste..."
Buffy: "So, are you gonna kill me? Or are you just making small talk?"
Cordelia: "I am, of course, having my dress specially made. Off-the-rack gives me hives."
Giles: "Buffy, I believe the subtext here is rapidly becoming text."
Xander: "Calm may work for Locutus of Borg here, but I'm freaked and I intend to stay that way."
Buffy: "Vampires are creeps."
Giles: "Yes, that's why one slays them."
Angel: "This isn't some fairy tale. When I kiss you, you don't wake up from a deep sleep and live happily ever after."
Buffy: "When you kiss me, I want to die."
After Angel changes back to evil with a specific agenda aimed at Buffy:
Buffy: "It's so weird...Every time something like that happens, my first instinct is to run and tell Angel. I can't believe it's the same person. He's the complete opposite of what he was."
Willow: "Well...sort of, except..."
Buffy: "Except what?"
Willow: "You're still the only thing he thinks about."
Sign up for this fest. Show your sidekicks some love. Goes live July 8. And if blogfest fun and camaraderie isn't enough, Cheree is offering a $15 gift certificate to a randomly chosen winner among followers who participate in the fest.
Lydia Kang has given me this pretty award. Thank you! But really, her blog is uber-cool. Every Monday she dispenses answers to questions about medical issues that crop up in your stories. And this week's topic is as cool as it gets.
Also a big thank you to Stephanie Thornton for the Beautiful Blogger award and the wonderfully kind words that went with it. Since I've received it before, the button is in the sidebar.
And a heads-up to watch for on an interview with Gayle Brandeis on her latest book, DELTA GIRLS, which I'm going to post soon.
And, hey, if you care to share a favorite Buffy sidekick moment, please do! I never tire of them.