I’m not sure how it happened. There they were, minding their own business, being perfectly fine main characters…until they met the secondary ones.
My secondary characters have the habit of being demanding. They don’t like being secondary. They feel they are more important than the main characters. And I believe them.
Geoffrey, the subject of my never-ending-ever-revisiting fantasy story, began his life as a typical mentor type for this wide-eyed-naif Thomas. Geoffrey quickly assured me (well, it took a year or two) that he was far more interesting than Thomas who was just a typical idiot on a quest. Geoff’s a rather bored historian who runs a Boston hotel.
See also Liv. He was supposed to be the second in command to a space ship captain (who was the primary character). Liv told me that as a grumpy, I-hate-children type person, he’d be better suited as the main character. He must be the center of attention at all times. Well, they’re on terra firma and Liv is still the center of attention. Cheeky little scene stealer.
Thank God Geoff and Liv reside in different universes. I’d never get a story told with their egos butting around.
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I’ve experienced this too. I wonder if it’s because the main characters are under so much pressure to carry the story. The minor characters aren’t under the same pressure, so they’re free to just be themselves or just go crazy — and that makes them so much more appealing.