Saturday, June 9, 2012

Secondary Character Saturday (12)


I've started a new weekly meme 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!

So today it's all about:

Jason from Hemlock

Jason is a complex character that I can't quite figure out. He's almost present enough not to qualify as a secondary character, and I have a feeling in the future he will be front and center. But so much of what he does is happening off the pages, he pops in and out without much warning, and you even find out things about him from other people. Not a lot of substance comes out of his mouth, but he's still an incredibly substantial character.

I wish I could get into Jason's head. He's so contradictory that I just want to know what goes through his mind. I love him and hate him at the same time. I want to shake him and hug him. I want him to have no involvement and I want to see more of him. I don't know that I've ever been so undecided about what to think of a character, especially when there are only two options, and they are extreme. He makes terrible choices, he thinks terrible things, but he has redemption as well.

But I also love that, while he deals with most of his problems through violence, he's clearly emotionally conflicted. He's not just bad to be bad. And obviously, Mac cares about him and he's been through a traumatic event, so it's easier to see through the wall he's putting up. But after he kind of goes off page, running off with the Trackers I kind of want to go with him. I want to see the things he sees, hear what he hears, and know what he knows. And I want to know what he really thinks of all these things. 

2 comments:

  1. I haven't read this one! I'll look into it :o)

    Here's mine!!

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  2. I just finished reading this book and totally agree with your analysis of Jason. I love characters like this. So tortured and so adorable. I just want to go into the book and take care of that poor lost soul!

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Secondary Character Saturday (12)


I've started a new weekly meme 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!

So today it's all about:

Jason from Hemlock

Jason is a complex character that I can't quite figure out. He's almost present enough not to qualify as a secondary character, and I have a feeling in the future he will be front and center. But so much of what he does is happening off the pages, he pops in and out without much warning, and you even find out things about him from other people. Not a lot of substance comes out of his mouth, but he's still an incredibly substantial character.

I wish I could get into Jason's head. He's so contradictory that I just want to know what goes through his mind. I love him and hate him at the same time. I want to shake him and hug him. I want him to have no involvement and I want to see more of him. I don't know that I've ever been so undecided about what to think of a character, especially when there are only two options, and they are extreme. He makes terrible choices, he thinks terrible things, but he has redemption as well.

But I also love that, while he deals with most of his problems through violence, he's clearly emotionally conflicted. He's not just bad to be bad. And obviously, Mac cares about him and he's been through a traumatic event, so it's easier to see through the wall he's putting up. But after he kind of goes off page, running off with the Trackers I kind of want to go with him. I want to see the things he sees, hear what he hears, and know what he knows. And I want to know what he really thinks of all these things. 

2 comments:

  1. I haven't read this one! I'll look into it :o)

    Here's mine!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I just finished reading this book and totally agree with your analysis of Jason. I love characters like this. So tortured and so adorable. I just want to go into the book and take care of that poor lost soul!

    ReplyDelete