The Importance of Sidekicks
I've been watching "Lost Girl" on SyFy. I love it and one of the reasons is the awesome sidekick which I'll talk about in a moment. First, for those who are not familiar with the show, here is the official synopsis:
"Lost Girl" is a Canadian supernatural crime drama series that premiered on Showcase on September 12, 2010. In the United States,it premiered January 16, 2012 on Syfy. It follows the life of a succubus named Bo, played by Anna Silk, as she learns to control her abilities, help those in need, and discover the truth about her origins. Bo is a succubus who grew up in an adoptive human family, unaware of her non-human nature and of the Fae world. Her succubus powers only become apparent to her when she accidentally kills her first love by draining him of his life energy, an act which forces her to flee her home. Bo exchanges her previously normal life for one without family or friends, moving from place to place whenever she kills again. Bo saves a human, Kenzi (played by Ksenia Solo), and they become friends...
|Ksenia Solo (from imdb.com)|
So, the deal is Bo, the female main character, has a best friend named Kenzi. She is the sidekick and a darn good one at that. Kenzi is carefree, but loyal to her friends. She has some of the best lines in the show. Many are funny-sarcastic and spunky. Lots of slang words and phrases that perfectly fit the situations she manages to get herself in.
Kenzi shows no fear against the big baddies and the rare times she does, she of course spews a few shocking sentences in their faces. Probably a great distraction move on her part, perhaps to save her butt.
She has no super powers. She's not supernatural in any way that I'm aware of yet. She's a human who's lived a rough life and is ready to fight for those she cares for and things she wants. Her personality is adorable plus she is such a cutie with her uniquely piercing eyes and tiny elf-like frame.
I hate to say this...but my husband and I like Kenzi more than the main character, Bo. To be fair, I'd like to stress that Bo is interesting with her supernatural abilities as a Fae. Bo is strong, plagued with problems that need solved, beautiful and definitely has a story to tell.
But Kenzi catches our attention.
I'm terrible at recalling lines from shows and movies. I need my hubby here for that. Start a conversation about "Smokey and The Bandit" and he'll instantly recite famous lines. Get him with another fan and they'll spout off entire scenes, word for word, from the movie. I'm impressed and yet a wee bit disturbed.
Back to the point. On last night's episode of "Lost Girl", Kenzi rattled off so many hilarious and surprising lines (which I can't remember now!). My husband and I kept looking at each other and laughing and snickering...a lot! I noticed he repeated some of her catchy lines...possibly for his own use at another time!?
Sidekicks can be a huge boost for a viewer's or reader's entertainment. They tend to be more vulnerable to getting hurt - physically or emotionally and we worry about them. Some offer comedy-relief in tense situations or simply are "allowed" to be more silly than a main character at any time they choose.
Sidekicks are loyal, caring, see things from a different angle, and desperately want to help their best buddy fight the good fight, which is usually against something evil...You know - kick butt and walk away smiling, relishing in the knowledge they won...at least for that day!
In the current work-in-progress I'm "supposed" to be writing now (*wimpy smile*), which I'm about seven chapters in at this point (and have been for quite a while), I decided the main character should have a sidekick. I'm keeping most of the same plot, but will weave the new sidekick into the story. Some things will have to change. For the better.
Maybe it's a good thing I paused in the writing of this novel. Maybe stopping and walking away helped. I think my inner muse, my brain, my heart was telling me that something was NOT working with the present story/outline I'd been forcing myself to follow. I kept craving more. Some element and/or character was desperately needed to amp up the action, conflict and tug at emotions. And yes, as mentioned, change certain portions of the story, with the intention of making it very memorable.
Enter: the Sidekick.
That is all for now.