For instance, in Lord of the Rings, I really don't like Frodo. I prefer Sam so much better, because he's just a simple gardener who sticks by Frodo's side throughout thick and thin, persevering even though there's no hope left. He has a lot of depth--in other words, he's not a flat character. And neither is Frodo, for that matter. But Sam is just--I don't know how to explain him. He's just a wonderful best friend with a lot of heart and a love for growing things. And I also like Pippin, instead of Frodo, not to mention Merry. Oh, and don't get me started on Aragorn, who's my favorite character in the books! Okay, I'll stop now.
For those of you who have read Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain [one of my favorite books and authors] you know about Tom Sawyer and Joe Harper and Huckleberry Finn. Now, I love Tom and Joe, and of course Sid [because he just gets Tom into a whole ton of trouble] but Huckleberry is by far the best, although he's a close call with Tom. Just the whole, "I live in a hogshead barrel/first one without shoes in the spring/swears like a sailor/smoke a corncob pipe/don't have to go to school", atmosphere about him that makes all the other boys jealous and all their mother's displeased creates such an unforgettable character.
Now, Harry Potter. Who doesn't like Ron better than Harry, huh? Anyone? Well, maybe I'm the only one. But Ron is SO awesome! And he's a ginger from a family of gingers, and he loves Hermione and it's just so cute! And Harry's, well...Harry. Yeah, he's the Chosen One and everything, but I love Ron so much better! Hey, I might choose even Seamus over Harry, in the movie of course because Seamus is just so cute! Oh, and don't EVEN get me started on the Weasley Twins! They are SO much better than Harry! If I could save one character from getting killed, I'd choose Fred first. Then Sirius and Tonks and Lupin. And then--I must stop!
Now, in The Chronicles of Narnia, who doesn't like Edmund? Hmmm? I prefer him to Peter, always have. Even though Peter in the movies is pretty good looking, am I right? Show of hands? I love Edmund because, after the whole thing with the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe, he's so level-headed and awesome and everything!
If any of you have ever read The Secret Garden [an old classic that I highly recommend] no one can help but like Dickon Sowerby better than Colin Craven. Dickon is just a poor "cottage" boy living on the moor who always one of his tame animals about him, a baby fox, lamb, crow, two squirrels, etc., and rides a wild moor pony named Jump.
There are a lot of other examples, I'm sure. And there are several books where I actually like the main character better than his best friend: Percy Jackson, for example, I much prefer to Grover. Also, Hal in The Outcasts I like better than Stig, even though they're both awesome. And Will Treaty in The Ranger's Apprentice I like better than his best friend Horace, I guess just because I fall for the underdogs. I really do. I don't know what it is--but something to do with my strangeness, I guarantee.
Now that post is done, I can get back to school...or more school...or actually start school.