Friday, June 20, 2014

Sidekick Showcase [81] - Most Compassionate Father

Sidekick Showcase, previously known as Sidekick Saturday, is a weekly bookish meme, hosted here by Jaclyn at JC's Book Haven. There are many secondary characters that are as great as the primaries. In some cases, the sidekicks actually steal the show and you like them better than the heroine or hero. Maybe they didn't have enough page time for how great they were. Anyone can play along! I will post my Sidekicks on Saturday, then whichever day during the week that you would like to post yours, you can put your link in on my page. Just do the following:

• Choose a sidekick *or someone other than the hero or heroine* that you would like to put in the spotlight that fits in the week's topic
• Share a picture (if you can) and information about the character
• Give the title and author of a book the character can be found in
• Please don't include too many spoilers when describing why the character is such a great sidekick
• The day of your post, put your link in below and grab the code for your post so you can see the others that post their's throughout the week as well

I have a few topic ideas for June (Thanks Robyn!):
The month of June is LGBT Pride Month so we can celebrate those characters that we love. Also we have Father's day so we can celebrate dads or characters we think would make good fathers. There are a lot of summer trips taken in June as well so we can pay tribute to those characters we would hate to travel with or just characters that remind us of summer trips for one reason or another.

My choice is Carlisle Cullen
The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

Carlisle is the founder of the coven that the Twilighters are in. He is the adoptive father of Edward, Jasper, Emmett, Rosalie, and Alice. Carlisle had so much compassion in his life, that his "superpower" according to Bella is an unrivaled gift of compassion. He is the only one among the vamps that is completely unaffected by the smell of human blood. As a doctor, this is a great thing. He immediately bonds with Bella because he knows that she makes Edward happy. Quickly in the story, he's working at saving her life and keeping her dad safe. He's got a cool head, and always tries to save people.


I'd never understood how Carlisle was able to do that - ignore the blood of his patients in order to treat them. Wouldn't the constant temptation be so distracting, so dangerous? But now, I could see how, if you were focusing on something else hard enough, the temptation was be nothing at all.

“Carlisle has a theory...he believes that we all bring something of our strongest human traits with us into the next life, where they are intensified - like our minds, and our senses.”

"Dr. Cullen is a brilliant doctor who could probably work in any hospital in the world, make ten times the salary he gets here. We're lucky to have him. He's an asset to the community..." 

"He was young, he was blond... and he was handsomer than any movie star I'd ever seen. He was pale, though, and tired-looking with circles under his eyes. From Charlie's description, this had to be Edward's father." 

"How can you do this? Even Alice and Esme..."
"Years and years of practice. I barely notice the scent anymore... What I enjoy the very most is when my... enhanced abilities let me save someone who would otherwise have been lost. It's pleasant knowing that, thanks to what I can do, some people's lives are better because I exist. Even the sense of smell is a useful diagnostic tool at times."

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  1. He's the whole reason for this freaky family :D When I went yesterday, it was redirecting me to an ad and then without clicking anything, it will redirect back to you blog after about a minute. If I see it again, I'll be sure to look closer at it so I can let you know.

  2. Bookworm BrandeeJune 21, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Aww...yeah, Carlisle is pretty awesome, Jaclyn. As many times as I've read the series, I can't believe I didn't think of him! *ha* I love the quotes you chose too. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend, Jaclyn!

  3. The parents in this series are actually top-notch. The characters in this story are really blessed with great support systems. Have a great weekend, too!!

  4. Woot for some Carlisle. He is so caring and thoughtful.

  5. I love Carlisle! Just reading the quotes and seeing the gif makes me want to dive back into Twilight. I loved how he took Bella in. And one of the coolest things about him was his brooding-free compassion.

  6. I agree as well! He's a great pick in this category :)
    Thanks for sharing and have an awesome rest of the week!:D

  7. I really like that gif too. I think I'm gonna watch the movies this weekend.

  8. Yay! Glad you agree :D Have a great week too!

  9. I've not read these, or seen the movie. So glad you liked him though. :)


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