Wednesday, February 27, 2008
(From 31 January 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?
The most outrageous characters I have ever read would have to be in Joseph Heller's Catch-22. Every single character is completely mad...and this is what makes the book so wonderful.
Having a quirky character in a novel can add a lot of interest to the story and there's more chance of such a character staying in the reader's mind long after they've finished the book. However, I think the author needs to be careful that they don't overdo it, otherwise the character will end up completely unbelievable, and the reader will become irritated by the 'try-hard' attempt by the author.