Sidekick Showcase Saturday #28

For this week’s Sidekick Showcase (which yes, I realize, I am once again not posting on a Saturday, but I was travelling back from Uni on Saturday as I am on reading week this week, so I didn’t really have time to post!), I’ve chosen another Hunger Games character to talk about, this time I’m focusing on Johanna Mason.

johanna masonWhat I like most about Johanna is her confidence, she’s very bold and gutsy and I have to say the scene where she meets Katniss for the first time is probably one of my favourite parts of Catching Fire, it’s just so funny. I love that she fights for what she believes in and is not afraid to show how much she dislikes the Capitol. She’s brave as well, given that she managed to withstand the Capitol’s torture and that she helped with the plan to get Katniss out of the arena in Catching Fire, even though she must have known it was dangerous. I also like her sarcastic, snarky nature. I like that even though she seems cruel sometimes, there is a vulnerable side under the harsh exterior. I also love watching the development of her relationship with Katniss, from enemies to friends, as I feel like the two of them are somewhat similar.

I will be back with another Sidekick Showcase Saturday next week, but in the meantime, I will have my newest Swoonworthy Sunday post up really soon.

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Sidekick Showcase Saturday #27

For this week’s incredibly late Sidekick Showcase (sorry about that, again!), I’ve decided to focus on another Hunger Games character. This time, I will be talking about Effie Trinket.

effieI like Effie, because she somewhat provides comic relief in an otherwise very bleak series, with her over the top attitude, her insistence on manners, her odd way of speaking and her optimism. As a character, I think she’s important to the Hunger Games cast, because everyone else is pretty bleak and depressed, so it’s nice to have a more upbeat character to take the edge of some of the depressive feel of the book. I also thought that it was sweet that she managed to see the beautiful side in Katniss volunteering for Prim. Plus whilst she seems vain and shallow and unaware of what is happening around her, you get the sense that she does at least somewhat understand the political implications of Peeta and Katniss’ attempted suicide at the end of the first Hunger Games books and I think she’s smarter than she’s given credit for. I liked that she changed sides to the rebels side, not because of political loyalties, but because of personal loyalties, to Peeta and Katniss and you can tell that she cares about them a lot. Ultimately, I think whilst Effie may have her flaws, she’s a kind hearted, loving person, who likes to look on the positive side of life, which in a world like Panem, I think is no bad thing.

I will be back with another Sidekick Showcase post next week, but in the meantime, I will have a new Swoonworthy Sunday post for you guys really soon.

Sidekick Showcase Saturday #26

For this week’s Sidekick Showcase Saturday, I’ve decided to focus on a Skulduggery Pleasant character, as I haven’t done one of those for a while and there are some great supporting characters in that series. The character I have chosen to focus on is China Sorrows.

chinaI love China because she’s a morally ambiguous character, you can never really tell what her true intentions are, she was initially on the side of the Faceless Ones and then she becomes allied with Skulduggery and Valkyrie, though you can never completely be sure that China can be trusted. She’s very mysterious and manipulative, able to use the way she looks in order to charm people into doing what she wants, as she has a charm on her which makes people fall in love with her instantly. She is a very powerful sorceress, able to use different symbols for both offensive and defensive purposes and I love her symbol magic because it’s so different from everyone else’s magic and has so many different purposes. She’s kind of apathetic towards most people and has kind of a cold, uncaring attitude but that’s part of her character, she cares more about things than she does about people. Plus, she loves horses, which automatically makes her cool in my book!

I will be back with another Sidekick Showcase Saturday next week, but in the meantime, I will be posting a new Swoonworthy Sunday post as soon as possible.

Sidekick Showcase Saturday #25

For this week’s Sidekick Showcase, I’m going to focus on another Percy Jackson character, as I haven’t done that for a while and Percy Jackson does have a great supporting cast. The character that I have chosen to focus on this week is Rachel Elizabeth Dare.

Rachel_Elizabeth_DareRachel didn’t really make much of an impression on me in the first book, she wasn’t in it for very long, although I will admit I was intrigued by the fact that she could see through the mist and wanted to learn more about her. I grew to like her more in the fourth book where we got to see more of her personality, she’s this bold, loud mouthed, witty girl, who talks at a mile a minute and she’s very clever. The part where she throws her blue plastic hairbrush at Luke/Kronos, is one of my favourite moments of the series, it’s hilarious. I love that she’s very passionate about things, like her art and saving the environment. I also like that she’s blunt and honest and says what she thinks. I didn’t even mind her crush on Percy, because it was clear that she knew that Annabeth liked him (and that he liked Annabeth) and she didn’t try to get between them. She’s not just a fun, loud mouthed, outgoing girl, she’s willing to take on serious responsibility, like helping out the group through Daedalus’s labryinth and taking on the responsibility of being the Oracle. All in all, she’s a pretty awesome girl!

I will have another one of these for you next week, but in the meantime, I still have a couple more posts to catch up on tonight, so make sure you check them out!

Sidekick Showcase Saturday #24

For this week’s Sidekick Showcase, I’m going to focus on another Hunger Games character and the character that I’m going to be focusing on is Cinna.

cinnaI love Cinna because he’s one of Katniss’ only real friends, he never stops supporting her and it’s clear that he cares a lot about her, which I love because you get to see Katniss’ more vulnerable side around him, which is nice because Katniss is usually so prickly. He acts as a mentor to her, being incredibly supportive towards her in both the 74th and 75th Hunger Games and I love how much he believes in her. I also feel like he truly understands her, he creates the whole “girl on fire” image for her, to show her feisty personality and he knows her so well that he doesn’t reveal his true loyalties so as not to sway her decision to be the Mockingjay one way or the other, knowing that she would be indecisive. He’s clearly very intelligent, he knows exactly what to design for Katniss so that the right image of her is put across to Panem. He’s incredibly good at hiding his true loyalties and channels his emotions through his designs, so that no one guesses that he is actually a rebel, because his acts of defiance towards the Capitol are incredibly subtle. He is a quiet, caring, hardworking man who takes deep pride in his work and he is almost like a father figure towards Katniss.

I will be back next week with another Sidekick Showcase Saturday post, but in the meantime, I will have my newest Swoonworthy Sunday post for you all as soon as I possibly can.

Sidekick Showcase Saturday #23

I know, I know, I’m terrible, once again, I have several updates for you at once because I’m behind on my posts! I’ve just started Uni and I was kind of busy over the weekend, so I didn’t get the chance to write anything! For this week’s Sidekick Showcase, I have chosen to focus on a character from one of my favourite books, Hans Hubermann from The Book Thief.

hansI’m sure that anyone who has read The Book Thief will understand why Hans is an amazing supporting character and why I love him. He loves Liesel as if she was his own daughter, he teaches her to read and write and the bond between them is very special, it’s heartwarming to see their interactions in the book. Hans is kind and gentle and patient, he’s a very sympathetic character and you instantly fall in love with him because he is so lovely. He is a brave man, shown by the fact that he is willing to hide Max (a Jew) in his basement, at great personal risk to himself if he is caught and he does challenge Hitler’s regime. He has great empathy for people, does not like to see them in pain, which can get him into trouble. He also clearly loves his family and is very protective of them as shown by his actions towards Liesel and his wife. He and his wife are polar opposites, him being quiet and gentle and her being loud and strict but they work well together. Hans is such a kind, loving, compassionate man that it is impossible to read this book and not fall in love with him!

I will have another Sidekick Showcase Saturday post for you next week, but in the meantime, I will hopefully have both my Swoonworthy Sunday and Monday Recommendations posts for you as soon as possible!

Sidekick Showcase Saturday #22

I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do for this week’s Sidekick Showcase Saturday as I feel like I am running out of memorable sidekicks, but then I figured, why not return to the tried and trusted favourite Harry Potter, which seems to have no end of memorable secondary characters to use for this feature?! This week I have chosen to feature one of my favourite characters from the series, Neville!

nevilleI love Neville for many reasons, I love that he’s shy and awkward, that made me like him in the first book because he wasn’t this brash, confident, arrogant kid like Malfoy, he was just this shy, awkward boy, who didn’t realize how great he really was, which is incredibly endearing in a character. I always felt kind of bad for him because everything seemed to go wrong for him all the time in his first few years of school, though I do have to admit, it was kind of funny, especially when he said “why is it always me?” in the movies! I loved that he was brave in a not-so-obvious way (at least at first) and over the course of the books, we get to see this side of him emerge more. I also love how loyal he is to his friends, I would love to have a friend like Neville, he seems like someone I would actually be friends with in real life!

I will be back next week with another Sidekick Showcase Saturday, but in the meantime, I’m going to be posting a new Swoonworthy Sunday post for you all soon, so make sure to check that out!