I've started a new weekly post here and I'd love for you to join me. Saturdays are now dedicated to honor the characters that don't always get their voices heard, who support (or work to destroy) our beloved protagonists. This is for the third wheel in the love triangle (can you have wheels on a triangle?), for the BFFs, the family members, or even just the kind and loving (or deceitful and creepy) stranger who shows up and changes the game. We all know these stories wouldn't hold up without support so I'd like to take the time to highlight the best secondary characters I come across. This is an opportunity to talk about what makes these characters special, maybe to speculate what their world would be like without them, or maybe cast them in their own primary roles. If you'd like to create a SCS post leave your link in the comments and I'll check it out!
The spotlight this week is on:
Roar from Under the Never Sky
While I thought of Roar as the ideal Irish man, here's the initial description:
"Everything about him looked refined under the cool light. His lean build and sharp features. The cut of his dark hair. He wore fitted clothes. Black from head to toe, with no frayed edges or holes that she could see...Up close, she saw the gleam in Roar's gaze. He had a prince's look but a pirate's eyes."
In my mind he's like a sexy Irish-pirate. I really don't know where I get the Irish thing from, because I really don't think he's meant to be - but he's just so full of life. He's boisterous and he adds noise and diffuses tension. Aria instantly liked him and I did too.
And really, he's what makes Perry more likable. Sure, we see him with his nephew and that's sweet and all, but after Aria comes along he's really intense and focused. Then Roar comes along, and Roar is open and sweet. He acts to balance out Perry and just because they're so great around each other, Perry lightened slightly. It was when Roar came into the picture that I really fell for Perry - and Aria's view of the Outside, and thus Perry, begins to change as well.
Roar is secondary to the story, but he has his own story. I love that all it would take is a shift in point of view and he could become a primary character. This adds vibrant depth to a story that is already pretty wonderful.