Book List: 3 Best/Worst Sidekicks to a Hero in a Book

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

This weeks list, from Lost in Books, is 3 Best/Worst Sidekicks to a Hero in a Book. I love this one! Here's mine...

1) Attorney Oscar Zeta Acosta (aka Dr. Gonzo) plays the sidekick to Hunter S. Thompson on their wild journey in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The book is spiraling acid trip, which is a bit disturbing. But I think it ranks Gonzo up there as one of the worst sidekicks ever. Whether it's encouraging Thompson to pick up a hitchhiker, do more drugs or a myriad of other things, he is always a horrible influence.

2) Jeeves - in all of the Jeeves books by P.G. Wodehouse Bertie Wooster would be lost without his right hand man. Jeeves gets Bertie out of dozens of scraps by coming up with brilliant plans at the last second. He's the best sidekick ever.

3) Miss Havisham in the Thursday Next series. I'm not sure if she's the sidekick or if Thursday is her sidekick, but it's a great pairing. Havisham teaches Next the ropes while also doling out life advice and a bit of recklessness.

1 comment:

Captain Nick Sparrow said...

How funny that we picked Dr. Gonzo at opposite ends of the spectrum! That's the fun of the book.