Secondary characters are a gamble. Some are inspired, some are terrible, and some are only good in theory. One of my favorites though is a well crafted best friend. Now there are too many examples to count of great best friends in current literature. Fictional BFFs are pretty much standard in most romances so let me whittle this down a bit.
The best friend theme I love the absolute most is the witty and usually slutty humorous best friend. If he or she is a boozy, pill popping absolute mess for comic relief, all the better. I especially love when the bf is not a know-it-all but instead flawed and confused. I love it when the best friends don’t always the answer. This of course makes the moments when they do offer some rare insight, all the more meaningful and genius-like.
I like my essential secondary characters to be flawed, just as much as the main characters if not more so. In fact there is more room to play with a best friend, make them more extreme since they’re not the ones you have to sell to the reader. I like when they don’t preach and try to “steer” the characters in the right direction. I don’t see why we can’t have a bf just as equally clueless in romance and suggest the worst possible advice.
A nice responsible voice of reason is a good plot device and usually a necessity. I do get that, but I can’t help loving the absolute train wrecks all the more. I find them far more entertaining then smarter, more insightful best friend that offers that sage advice about following his heart.
Some examples of truly entertaining (and likely insane) best friends that come to mind are Rob Rosen’s Hot Lava.
What about you? Do you like or hate the best friend theme and which type gets you going?