Day: January 31, 2008

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? – BTT

For the most part, I don’t find many characters really annoying. I had to check back on the books I read.

Jane  Eyre: Mr. Rochester I think counts. I find a lot of eccentric, well written characters amusing and he’s definitely that.

Wuthering Heights: I found both Cathy and Healthcliff incredibly annoying. Moreso Cathy who isn’t eccentric as so much as incredibly self-absorbed.

Watership Down:  General Woundwort is crazy, but incredibly well written villain.

Rebecca: Mrs. Danver is also crazy, and I found her incredibly creepy. Annoying, but necessary to the plot.

Time Quartet by Madeleine L’Engle: Sometimes I found Charles Wallace too precocious that it didn’t warm me to him.

Winnie the Pooh: Pooh is very quirky, and I love him for it.

Leo Tolstoy, Lewis Carroll, Thomas, Hardy, Louis de Bernieres, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Kurt Vonnegut, Neil Gaiman and many authors I read all  write many eccentric characters in their works. I vary from loving them to just being amused or indifferent.

There are many more eccentric characters I could name, but I’m not bothered by them for the most part. Often, they weirdest characters serve a lot of the valuable purpose to the plot of the book if not their outrageous presence.