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?
Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!
To answer this question I had to check my Library Thing catalogue to refresh my memory. I seem to remember the normal characters more than the strange ones.
Bleak House: I just read this and already forgot the weirdos in it. Just about everyone is quirky. Jon Jarndyce is quirky but lovable. He's very giving but when he hears bad news he hides in 'the growlery' and complains the wind's in the east. Harold Skimpole borrows from friends pretending to know nothing of money since he's 'a child'. A most annoying character. Mr Guppy in love with Esther until she gets sick and loses her looks. He's a bit of a fool.Anne of Green Gables: Anne Shirley falls into the quirky category. Her over active imagination gets her into trouble but nothing gets her down.
Master and Commander: Dr Stephen Maturin is a genius but his strange ideas raise eyebrows. He also has odd habits like carrying meat in his pocket and living like a slob. Captain Aubrey doesn't have much going on upstairs unless it's during battle. He has a habit of putting his foot in his mouth or causing offense without realizing it.
For the most part, I like quirky characters. It gives them life. I think most people have some quirky qualities, so why not fictional people too?