Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tuesday Topics - Five (Most Unusual) Book Characters I Can Think Of

Effie Trinket

Effie Trinket is a fictional character who was assigned to escort Katniss and Peta in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.  As a citizen of the Capitol, she is very interested in flamboyant fashion trends.  She often wears clothing in very bright colors and her hair is either dyed very bright colors as well or she wears colorful wigs.

Clinton Tyree

Clinton Tyree, aka Skink, is a fictional character who has made several appearances in Carl Hiaasen books.  Skink, who first appeared in Double Whammy, is a former Florida governor turned recluse who detests sprawl and development, partakes of roadkill regularly, and often wears an orange rain poncho and flowered shower cap on his head.  To say that Skink is unusual truly is a bit of an understatement.


Britt-Marie is the main character in the book, Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman.  Britt-Marie loves lists, bicarbonate of soda, and precision.  In Britt-Marie's world, things must be just so.  She dislikes writing things in ink and soccer.  She has many quirks that make her very interesting and quite funny. 

Idgie Threadgood

Idgie Threadgood is a main character in Fannie Flag's novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.  Idgie is one of my all-time favorite characters and my main reason is because she's a tomboy and I could identify with her.   Tomboys in that time period did exist, but were very uncommon and even more uncommon in literature.  Idgie's ability to tell it like it is in a day and age when women were expected to be quiet in the kitchen also makes her unusual.  I love that she marches to the beat of her own drum.


Death is the narrator in Markus Zusak's novel, The Book Thief.  That in itself should be enough information as to why I think he/she/it is an unusual book character.  Death is fascinated with humans and he/she/it struggles with how we (humans) are capable of so much hatefulness and beauty.

Can you think of any unusual book characters? Feel free to share.

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  1. these are GREAT choices. love the thought you put into this. thanks, lady.

  2. I love Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe! I think I've read it 3 or 4 times.
    I haven't read The Book Thief but your description of Death sounds a lot like Terry Pratchett's Death in the Discworld books - certainly the part about being fascinated by humans.

    1. I would recommend The Book Thief, especially if you like books set in WWII. It's been a million years since I read FGT..., but I still think of Idgie often.


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