Though in the traditional fairy tales, PC goes onto to land Sleeping Beauty, too, the brilliant team behind the Disney version saw fit to grace him with both a name (Phillip) and an identifiable personality (his first appearance on screen features him, as a freckled child, wrinkling up his nose at the wrinkly infant princess he’s betrothed to). They also gave the Princess a name (Aurora), and they both, thank God, skipped over Coraline-style black button eyes.
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How Great Are Sidekicks?
Sidekicks play a very important role. They are the best companion for the hero and the person the hero talks to the most. Sidekicks can usually do something the lead character cannot, making them an asset to the lead and the story. They make the hero think through things and many times offer wonderful comic relief. They bring something out in the lead character that the reader would not necessarily see if it weren’t for the sidekick’s question, comment, or reaction. They help us like the hero, which is what we’re supposed to do as a reader.
If an author’s not careful, though, sidekicks can easily take over a story! In fact, many subsequent novels are spun off of reader enthusiasm over a supporting character.
I was thinking back to high school the other day and remembered this guy (we’ll call him X), who drove a corvette and was the ooh-la-la of the place. X had a trusty sidekick (we’ll call him Y). Y was everything X was not: shorter, chubbier, smarter. X was everything Y was not: athletic, tall, handsome. My friends used to kid that X was friends with Y only because it made him look good. Truth be told, they had a fantastic relationship. They were everything the other was not. And, in fact, just a few weeks ago I got a Facebook message with a picture of X and Y still together with their wives and children. Too funny!
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He’s the rebel, or the boy from the wrong side of the tracks. He’s bitter, volatile, a crushed idealist, but he’s also confident and mysterious, charismatic and street smart. He despises authority and doesn’t buckle under to anyone, which also makes him somewhat a bully. Girls are attracted to the bad boy because he represents everything that is exciting, intriguing and new. He’s everything she’s not. He’s nothing like her father and doesn’t possess anything that resembles her values. She knows that he won’t be accepted in her healthy circle, but she loves him nonetheless. And according to him, she’s the only one who loves him. “Without her,” he says, “no one else will care.” He’ll perish without her love. His mystery, confidence and seemingly unavailability in the beginning cause her to chase him, which proves that girls are also attracted to boys who ignore them.
Consider Stephanie Meyer’s Edward Cullen character in The Twilight Saga; a vampire who takes bad boy to a whole other level. When Edward first sees Bella in class, he stiffens up like he’s smelled a dead skunk and avoids her like the plague. She searches for him everyday and when he finally does come back, he alternates between being nice to her, and telling her she shouldn’t be friends with him. This back and forth drives Bella crazy, which is probably what Edward wants all along.
There’s nothing worse than a guy consistently having to resist the urge to kill you for lunch, but the fact remains that girls’ love for bad boys had withstood the test of time. In the not-so-terrifying ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER, we see the bad boy as the protector when he and Becky Thatcher are lost in a cave. In the beginning, Tom Sawyer primarily has no moral code, his sense of ethics confined to feeling guilty over a terrible act he’s already done through selfishness or impulsiveness. He is, however, presented with a genuine moral dilemma when he witnesses a murder, and travels a path that causes him to do the right thing. In this story, the bad boy becomes the hero.
Bad boys exist in real life – not just in fiction, which is why YA writers have such an important job. We have an obligation to not only entertain our young readers, but to equip them with information that can help them make good decisions. If we’re creating characters that look and act like them, then those same characters must be able to identify what’s good and whole, as well those things that are potentially harmful. While we, as girls, love bad boys – we have to know when bad is reflective of a flaw in character – perhaps a lack of maturity, or when bad is just bad for no good reason at all.
DEAL WITH IT (Kimani Tru, June 2009)