Thursday, January 31, 2008

Booking Through Thursday: Quirky

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?

When I first read this question I was at a loss. I don't recall reading a story that had a true quirky character-in their actions, anyway. It took me a while to remember the quirkiest character that I've read. The only one that I could come up with was Elphaba. She is also known as The Wicked Witch of the West. I read her story in Wicked and always thought that she was extremely strange and led a very weird life. Strange and quirky go hand in hand, right?

A few things stand out in my head about her quirkiness. Like the fact that she was born emerald green in color and proceeded to bite the finger of fishwife, that delivered her, clean off. She also had an aversion to water.

She gnawed on her own skin from birth and anyone else who got too close. She became an animal activist and plotted the death of Madame Morrible because Elphaba felt that the woman treated animals wrong. She had an affair with a man, Fiyero, who had blue diamond shaped tattoos all over his body, in which an illegitimate child was conceived that she never knew about. She carried the child, Liir, to term while in a coma and never knew about him...

Eventually, Elphaba became a witch with an obsession of getting her hands on ruby slippers only to meet her demise from a bucket of water. I'd say she was quirky or had a quirky life at least.

Who is the quirkiest character you've read? Leave your link to your answer in the comments or just leave your answer!

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