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?
Well, I hated Dobby in Harry Potter (til the last book...), always going off on tangents and hitting himself and screaming, blah, but I think a house elf starts off rather unbelievable already. Hmm.
I suppose Jonathan Saffron Foer comes to mind, and then his wife Nicole Krauss. The young narrators of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The History of Love were both precocious eccentrics, as was brother Bird in Love. Actually most of the characters in those books are. And Leo G especially. I really enjoy these characters because I think we all feel odd and bizarre, compared to what's so often presented as normal behavior by the commercial media and mimicked by the pretty people. So even if it seems random, it's more real than something common. I like the imagination that it not only displays but imparts, reminding us to live the way we feel like living, whatever it may look like.