A digital literary zine about side characters, bit parts, cameos, and the rest of the supporting cast.

Narratives so often focus on their main characters, that the supporting ones can be afterthoughts, one-dimensional & cliche. These characters are sidekicks, second fiddles, and third-wheels who provide muscle, sex appeal, comic relief, a surprising insight—whatever is needed to complement the more pressing concerns of the hero and his (rarely her) particular journey.

This structure is so common, I find myself more drawn to the side characters, especially when they steal the scene they're supposed to support. When a narrative frame is dictated by a protagonist's point-of-view, there can be something especially satisfying, poignant, devastating, or hilarious about how characters either support, undermine, complicate or are blithely unaware of the drama around them. I feel like this movement more closely resembles the way we weave in and out of each other's lives, the hero in just one story, but a side character in so many more.

Goodnight, Sweet Prince is a digital literary zine dedicated to this movement. Each week this spring, a friend of mine will write about a side character who they think has something to say. Something we might've missed in our own attempts to be more than just a bit part.

-Nick Greer, 3/21/17