Top 5 Wednesday: Take a Back Seat

Sometimes the main character is boring. Sometimes the side characters are awesome. For this week’s prompt, what are five side characters you wish could be the main protagonist?

T5W group on Goodreads

The Mortal Instruments | Cassandra Clare

The element of TMI that I liked the least was our MC, Clary. Even Jace who occasionally had a POV was a character I didn’t care for. On the other hand, if the Lightwood siblings were my favorite characters. While they still got a decent amount of storyline, I would have much prefered Izzy and Alec to be the MCs.

Goodreads | My review

Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo

Part of why I didn’t really like Ninth House was because I didn’t care for our main character, Alex Stern. But do you know who would make a good MC? Darlington. He’s the only reason I want to read book two!

Goodreads | My review

Harry Potter | J. K. Rowling

While I love the HP books, everyone can agree that Harry wasn’t probably the best protagonist out there. That said, I can’t think of anyone from the books I’d rather replace him!


Renegades | Marissa Meyer

In Renegades, I really liked our first POV, Nova, but I didn’t love the second POV, Adrian. He was just too good all the time. I see why his POV is important to the story, but I thin kI would have liked the book more if Nova was the only main character.


The Lost Hero | Rick Riordan

I know, I know. How could there ever be anything wrong with an Uncle Rick character? But I think you can guess who it is–Jason. The most vanilla Uncle Rick character ever. I would have liked a different character in his stead. Any character. But if we could take out the Jason chapters and replace them with Leo chapters, that would be even better!


What are some main characters you’d like to replace with side characters?

11 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Take a Back Seat

  1. Oooooh, gotta agree with you on TMI and HP!! Would’ve loved if Hermione were our POV… And as for Clary, she’s neither good nor bad- just meh. I’d rather see it from Magnus’s or Simon’s or Alec’s view!!
    (Okay but TBH I’d love a Magnus POV)

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