Monday, October 24, 2011

Killer Characters - Supporting Character

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It was hard picking my favorite literary supporting character because there are so many awesome ones out there. I thought about Sam. Frodo wouldn't have gotten far without Sam. I thought about Hermonie, my favorite character from the Harry Potter series. And Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

But I didn't pick any of those.

I didn't even pick a human character.

My favorite supporting character is Artax.

I've always loved horses so when I first saw The Neverending Story, Artax was my favorite character. His friendship with Atreyu was beautiful. They had so many adventures together that led them to the Swamp of Sadness.I was devastated the first time I watched Artax die. I could not stop crying.
It's the characters that we feel for, that we love, that leave lasting impressions on us, and Artax did for me.
When I started a story in the 6th grade, I needed a name for a boy that wasn't from Earth. I immediately thought of Artax. Unfortunately, I had loaned my copy of The Neverending Story to a friend, so I misspelled his name as Artex.

I tried to make Artex as strong of a character as Artax, as brave, as loyal, as true. We all need friends like Artax in our lives, someone who will be there for us, through thick and thin, who will be willing to die for us so we can achieve our goals.

May all of our friends be like Artax.

18 comments:

Small Town Shelly Brown said...

LOL! My kids were just watching that movie the other day.
Loyal friend, indeed.

Stephen Tremp said...

This is interesting. Why not pick a horse? Animals have always been made into great lead and supporting characters. Great choice!

Lyla said...

Aww this is a really sweet post! And yay, I love it that you chose a non-human character, and especially a horse. Too many horses are neglected and overlooked in fictional works. D:

And LOL on Artex! (The misspelling,not the character.)That little bit about him made me smile.

And yes, we all need friends like Artax. :) Thanks for posting and stopping by on my blog!

KaeliH said...

Loved this movie as a kid! Stop by and say hi at http://kaelihines.blogspot.com

Natalie Aguirre said...

I need to watch that movie again. Thanks for reminding me.

E.R. King said...

This post brought tears to my eyes. The part when Artax dies still makes me weep. Great choice! A loyal animal sidekick makes for a wonderful supporting character.

roro said...

I need to watch that movie again

Angela Cothran said...

I haven't seen that movie for ages. He really is a great character :) Thanks for the reminder.

Pk Hrezo said...

Oh yes. What kid didn't cry when Artax was swallowed by the swamps of sadness?? It'll always be a fave story.
And Inigo Montoya is also an excellent choice!! He rocks.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Now that is a noble pick!

Jenny S. Morris said...

Oh, I haven't seen this movie in, um, I can't remember. I will have to watch it. But, my kids will cry so hard when Artax dies.

This was a sweet post. Love it.

Abby Fowers said...

*cheering!* Fabulous choice. I love this movie! LOVE IT! What a wonderful choice for a supporting character. They don't have to be human, do they? :)

Nancy Thompson said...

Awww, that is so sweet! I never saw that movie but the pictures alone make me want to cry. *sniff sniff*

magpiewrites said...

totally cried at that part of the movie, and totally forgot I cried until I saw this post. sweet, sweet tribute.

Jen said...

I still cannot cry at the part of the book where Artax dies, and I won't watch the movie because of it! Great choice for supporting character. Atreyu wouldn't have got far without Artax.

Melissa Ann Goodwin said...

That's a neat choice. I thought about Hermione too - she is one of the great supporting characters of all time, along with Sam from Lord of the Rings. But your choice is quite creative!

Krispy said...

There are actually quite a few awesome horses in books and movies. Bravo to you for pointing one out, and I'd actually totally forgotten this scene but your post brought it all back.

Tasha Seegmiller said...

This is a great pick - had me digging through my memory for just a minute. I need to pull out this movie for my kids to watch.