When Sidekicks Take Centre Stage

In any fictional universe, the world revolves around the protagonist. Any "extras", sidekicks or love interests are very much subservient to the hero - though, if they are well-realised, they all think they're looking out for their own interests. It's only the writer who is leading them on to serve the hero and the narrative. Over at the Crime Readers' Association website, I wrote about Supporting Cast: Breathing Life into Secondary Characters. I even made reference to my favourite Hark, a vagrant webcomic. I mentioned Cerys Carr, who started life as nothing more than a gobby teenage sister to one of my protagonists and ended up playing a major part in Code Runner. She's also prominent in Book #3, and shows no sign of fading away. The beauty of a well-developed supporting cast of "sidekicks" to your hero is that they can leap to the fore at any moment. In television, this may even progress to them gaining their own show - for...
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Top 5 Fictional Swords

Seeing as some search engines seem to send seekers of swords to my site, I thought I would oblige for my hundredth post: Sword #5: Watson's Sword Cane Let's open with a Holmesian example and how a sword may epitomise a man's character: Dr John Watson carries a deadly weapon concealed within an innocuous gentleman's cane. And I bet he can kick serious ass with the thing. I gleefully await the moment in SH2 when he takes out half a room with it. Without even breaking a sweat. Before afternoon tea with Mary. Sword #4: The Vorpal Sword One, two! One, two! And through and through The vorpal blade went snicker-snack! He left it dead, and with its head He went galumphing back. How can you not love the vorpal blade that destryoyzled the Jabberwocky? It would have me calloohing and callaying for joy too. So, what do we know about it? Not an awful lot - apart from that it's pretty vorpal and belongs to the Beamish Boy....
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