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Quirky – Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday: This week’s question is suggested by (blogless) JMutford:

Sometimes I find eccentric characters quirky and fun, other times I find them too unbelievable and annoying. What are some of the more outrageous characters you’ve read, and how do you feel about them?

I saw this question last night, and I immediately forgot every single book I’ve ever read, except for the most recent few. I’m not even 30…I thought I was immune (as in, I can’t *catch* it) until at least 40 to this type of memory loss. Oh, wait! I can say I’ve got *wedding brain*. Yup, that’s it.

So I’ve been racking my brain for quirky characters, seeing how I could twist the fairly normal characters I’ve been reading about lately into being quirky and eccentric. I’m reading Atonement right now, and I guess Briony’s quirky…but I haven’t read the whole book and she just didn’t quite *fit*. Then it came to me…The Pleasure of My Company! Shopgirl! Now those are some quirky characters. And the best part? The main character in Shopgirl, Mirabelle, I loved, and the main character in The Pleasure of My Company, Daniel, was just too quirky for me. Believable, but annoying.

Mirabelle sells gloves at Neiman Marcus and is waiting for life to happen to her. She’s just quirky enough to be likeable. You root for her through the whole novella; there’s a piece of her in each one of us. She experiences unrequited love, depression, a dead end job… and to make matters even better, Claire Danes played Mirabelle in the movie version of this, and she was perfect. Again, quirky enough to be likeable.

Daniel, on the other hand, has problems (I can’t quite remember them, but it could have been OCD or agorophobia) and is just plain annoying (please understand that this is only my opinion…my friend read this book and really liked it). There’s a thing called being too quirky that makes you unlikeable. Which reminds me of someone I know in real life. Extremely quirky, kind of a know-it-all, and no one (except for me) that I work with likes her. I’ve never heard a nice thing said about her. Yes, she can be annoying, and it doesn’t bother me, but apparently it bothers everyone else…

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3 Responses to “Quirky – Booking Through Thursday”

  1. Chris@bookarama

    I haven’t read those books but they do sound quirky.


  2. Dew

    I had to smile at your youthful ideas about when memory loss sets in. I assure you that at 40, your memory will be as good as it is now.

    Anyway, I think the quirkiest characters are found in Palahniuk, Irving and sometimes Anne Tyler.


  3. mellymel

    oh yes, i have a love affair with shopgirl too. i have to think about quirky characters – your memory issues are contagious, i fear. but i’m older than you so it’s okay 🙂


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