Alaina – Miranda’s aunt. She lives in Austin, but they aren’t close. She’s a folk singing, painting, vegan.
Brooke – One of the first people Miranda meets at school. She’s a sophomore and offers Miranda some good advice about UT Austin guys.
Becca – Brooke’s best friend. Insecure, flighty and doesn’t know when to shut up.
Stacy – Jeff’s girlfriend and Rhonda’s (you remember Rhonda) best friend. At one point in the book, someone calls her a gold digging bitch.
Ryan – Troy’s best friend since the sixth grade and star running back for the Longhorns. They are like brothers and Troy spent a lot of time with his family in high school.
Todd– Offensive lineman for the Longhorns and Troy’s roommate. He tries to break up with his girlfriend of two years with a text message.
David – Wide Receiver for the Longhorns and Troy’s roommate. He’s hot, but he giggles like a little girl.
Brandon – Miranda’s therapist. He helps her navigate through all the craps she has been carrying around for eight years.
How many secondary characters are too many?
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Darci Albritton is my main character’s roommate. She is a true southern and makes it her duty to help my main character find love and navigate dating in the south. At the same time, she proceeds to hook up with every guy who smiles at her. She is described as intrusive, but in a charming and glitter manner. She is close to her parents and 11 siblings, and everyone loves her, but don’t let her charm fool you. She has one goal, to find a husband before graduation.
- 18 years old
- Long, wavy blond hair
- Blue eyes
- From Magnolia, Arkansas
- Looking for a man with money
- Her perfect guy: 6’4″ (Darci is only 5’4”), dark hair, dark eyes and big hands.
**Interesting Character Name note: I had two roommates my second year at Florida State, Darci Bryan and Mindy Albritton. They were from a small county (notice I said county and not town) in central Florida. When I was thinking of names for the roommate, Darci Albritton seemed perfect. Although neither are blonde and both are smart, accomplished women.
I love Darci. Do you fall in love with your secondary characters? How do you come up with character names?
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In Movies: Jack Nicholson as Colonel Nathan Jesup in A Few Good Men kept popping in my head when I thought about a secondary character who stole every scene.
Thanks to Aaron Sorkin for writing the words. Scene always gives me chills.
I did a little more research and realized Jack is a 4 time award nominated and 2 time award winning secondary character.
See Easy Rider, Reds, Terms of Endearment & A Few Good Men.
In Books: My favorite secondary character is actually the narrator of my new favorite book, Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby. I just love Nick’s consistent sense of hopefulness in Jay Gatsby. Nick wanted to believe in Jay so bad every step of the way. This one of my favorite scenes that demonstrate this:
“By the way, Mr. Gatsby, I understand you’re an Oxford man.”
“Oh, yes, I understand you went to Oxford.”
“Yes —- I went there.”
A pause. Then Tom’s voice incredulous and insulting:
“You must have gone there about the time Biloxi went to New Haven.”
“I told you I went there.” said Gatsby.
“I heard you, but I ‘d like to know when.”
“It was in nineteen-nineteen. I only stayed for five months. That’s why I can’t really call myself an Oxford man.”
Tom glanced around to see if we mirrored his unbelief. But we were all looking at Gatsby.
“It was an opportunity they gave to some of the officers after the Armistice,” he continued. “We could go to any of the universities in England and France.”
I wanted to get up and slap him on the back. I had one of those renewals of complete faith in him that I’d experienced before.
Daisy rose, smiling faintly, and went to the table.
Again, must give credit to Mr. F. Scott Fitzgerald for the written words.
I haven’t seen the movie, yet. I’m a little skeptical whether Tobey MacGuire is able to do Mr. Nick Carraway justice.
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