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In honour of Patrick Ness’s ‘The Rest of Us Just Live Here’, we bring you the Unchosen Ones of YA!


What if you weren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were like Mikey?

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That’s what Patrick Ness’ ‘The Rest of us Just Live Here’ is all about and it got us thinking – what about the Unchosen Ones in ‘Twilight’? In ‘Harry Potter’? What were they doing while Bella was falling for Edward, and Harry, Ron and Hermione were saving the world?

padma patilPadma Patil (‘Harry Potter’)

Twin sister of Pavarti Patil, one-time Yule Ball date of Ron Weasley and member of Dumbledore’s Army, and Padma Patil is still a bit forgotten about. We reckon that the twins desperately wanted to be enmeshed in the Golden Trio’s inner circle. But as they didn’t make it, we think they pretty much ignored what was going on, focusing on getting all of the school gossip and securing better dates than Harry and Ron until duty called and they joined up to Dumbledore’s Army.

jessica-stanley-and-twilight-galleryJessica Stanley (‘Twilight’)

Jessica practically disappeared from the series after ‘New Moon’. This spunky, jealous and rather funny character didn’t appear again until Bella and Edward’s wedding. Apparently Jessica went to university in California (we’d leave rainy Forks for Cali too!) so she must have done some studying at some point, but we think Jessica probably spent most of her time trying to get Angela to agree with her that actually, Edward and Bella are super weird and she’s glad Edward never looked at her twice.

Eric TMIEric Hillhurch (‘The Mortal Instruments’)

Cast your mind back to the very beginning of ‘City of Bones’ and you’ll find Simon and his band. Eric was the drummer of the band with the ever-changing name – and the van was his. As Simon became more and more involved in the Shadow world, his band got a bit forgotten. Understandable, really. We just wonder if Simon ever spoke to Eric again or just disappered. Who KNOWS what could happened then. Maybe the band fancied themselves as private detectives and started investigating Simon’s new life…

effieEffie Trinket (‘The Hunger Games’)

Oh, we love Effie. But we didn’t start loving her until The Reaping in ‘Catching Fire’ when she finally started to understand to horror of the Hunger Games. We think that during the first Games she just lapped up the love story between Katniss and Peeta and despaired over the state of Katniss’s hair…But then in the second Games, Effie was rather worried as she learned more about the Captial’s attempts to kill off her favourite tributes.

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Written by Sophie Waters

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Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.