In theory I love spotlighting characters from books that aren’t in the spotlight. But we also know I cannot remember something like that well enough to make creating this list fun versus extra work. This does remind me though; I should start to keep a running list of characters I like outside the spotlight so I can create a list about them all someday. That would be fun. However, since this day is not today, we’re going to rank Jane Austen’s secondary female characters.
Not long ago, I put together a list of secondary heroine characters so that is out of the question. This list will include the best friend characters of Austen heroines or the women in their lives that don’t get much attention but (maybe) deserve a nod. My usual disclaimer applies here same as any classic literature story, these opinions are based on cinematic introductions. Beyond this, let’s get going and see who among these women is my favorite!
Also, pretty sure we’ll need one of these for the men, too!
RANK JANE AUSTEN’S SECONDARY FEMALE CHARACTERS
ranking from least to most favorite
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MARY CRAWFORD from MANSFIELD PARK
In the adaptation I’m thinking of, Mary is quite “seductive” in that, like her brother, she determines to get what she wants. Of course, she’s not my cup of tea (since I like to root on the likable or “good guy” characters), but I wonder, is she different in the book? Also, I have some kind of care for her in the 2007 version because Hayley Atwell plays her and she’s always good. Amazon | GoodreadsRANKING JANE AUSTEN’S SECONDARY FEMALE CHARACTERS. Talking about some of the memorable and annoying secondary #JaneAusten characters. #TTT #TopTenList #TopTen #BookList #CharacterList #HayleyAtwell #Movies #Books Click To Tweet
ISABELLA THORPE from NORTHANGER ABBEY
I don’t much care for this best friend character, but at the same time I do find the friendship between her and Catherine interesting in one adaptation. Still, Isabella is not a good friend. Amazon | Goodreads
CHARLOTTE LUCAS from PRIDE and PREJUDICE
I’m trying to decide where to place Charlotte. I don’t dislike the character, but I think in one adaptation she comes off as a little too self-sacrificing and in another, it’s like she really doesn’t mind her fate, as she has chosen it to be. Amazon | Goodreads
HARRIET SMITH from EMMA
MARGARET DASHWOOD from SENSE & SENSIBILITY
MRS. WESTON from EMMA
Mrs. Weston is like the solid big sister Emma needs. Her former governess whom Emma takes credit for matching, I appreciate that she’s a lady and gentle, but also is firm with Emma, though some adaptations may portray the latter better than others. Amazon | Goodreads
Who do you like on this list? Which ones are you most excited about? Which ones have you met? How do they differ from their book character? Who differs most? Comment all of your thoughts below. Let’s talk.
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