The Tiny Cooper Award for Best Supporting Character (TCABSC, pronounced
Tuh-Cab-Skuh) was created to honor those special guys and gals who, while not
the main focus of the book, are still extraordinary. The
Tiny Coopers (Will
Grayson, Will Grayson), Anitas
(West Side Story), and Robins (Batman) of
the fictional world may not always get the girl (or guy), but sometimes they
fulfill their role of supporting or obstructing the lead character in such a
phenomenal way that it deserves special notice. This attention now comes in the
form of an imaginary award made up by me. Hey, they’re not the main characters,
so they have to take what they can get.
This Tiny Cooper Award for Best
Supporting Character goes to: Ladies and gentleman, this is unprecedented! For
the first time in YA Department history, IT’S A TIE! Two of the supporting
characters from The Girl WhoCircumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M.
Valente are so awesome that they are sharing the award! A-through-L (nickname Ell)
and Saturday, come on down and claim your prize!
What happens when all your favorite awesome kick-ass lady characters (and Bella) move into a house together, Bad Girl's Club style? Hermione is generally upbeat and dorky, Lisbeth freaks everyone out with her hacking and lack of social skills, Katniss moves into a tree, Buffy talks a lot about "Mr. Pointy," Michonne brandishes her sword and worries about walkers, and Bella moons around over Edward.