Friday, April 25, 2014

V - Blogging Challenge "Vital Sidekicks"

A to Z Challenge is posting every day in April except Sundays (we get those off for good behavior.) And since there are 26 days, that matches the 26 letters of the alphabet. On April 1, blog about something that begins with the letter “A.” April 2 is “B,” April 3 is “C,” and so on.




Today's letter is V. 
Vital Sidekicks



I can't help it. Whenever someone mentions "sidekick" my mind immediately goes straight to Batman and his faithful sidekick Robin. 

When you start to become involved with book series you can really see how vital a sidekick can be to a story. 



Take Lula from Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. Stephanie's sidekick Lula is needed for the comic relief and scene stealing. Just for one moment picture what it would be like if Stephanie went after her skips without Lula? Boring and uneventful. Well of course Stephanie gets into a lot of trouble on her own but Lula just makes each scene that much better. Stephanie is the lead, but Lula is the crutch. 





How about Charley Davidson's best friend and sidekick, Cookie? Cookie is needed once again for the added comic relief that only a best friend could provide and she is also necessary to further the plot. If it wasn't for Cookie doing behind the scenes investigating, many times Charley would end up in a dead end lead. Cookie allows for the next scene to happen. 





In Amy Harmon's book Making Faces (which is phenomenal btw) the main character is Fern and her sidekick is her cousin, Bailey.  Bailey is a scene stealer but he is also there for you to fall in love with. He has muscular dystrophy and Fern and he have been best friends since they were babies. Some of the more humourous parts of the book are when Bailey is present and this story would not be the same without Bailey as Fern's sidekicks. 


So tell me, what are some great sidekick relationships you have read about? 


4 comments:

Laurie said...

I love books where are best friends. I find that in 'small town' books. It's usually a circle of friends or family. It adds a dimension to the story. Another outlet for the main characters to vent, shoot the breeze, laugh, or cry with. I agree Bailey was a wonderful sidekick.

Laurie said...

I love books where are best friends. I find that in 'small town' books. It's usually a circle of friends or family. It adds a dimension to the story. Another outlet for the main characters to vent, shoot the breeze, laugh, or cry with. I agree Bailey was a wonderful sidekick.

Herding Cats - Burning Soup said...

Oh yes. Lulu is a must! Her and Grandma. The book just wouldn't be so good without them. That's for sure.

A Voracious Reader said...

I totally agree with the first two, but I haven't read the third one. Any great story has a sidekick or two. :)