Monday, May 9, 2016

Quirky Characters

When I say Canada is big, I'm not kidding. In fact, it's not just big. It's really, really big! Here are a few facts to prove how vast a country Canada is!

  • The border between Canada and the United States is officially known as the International Boundary. At 5,525 miles, including 1,538 miles between Canada and Alaska, it is the world's longest border between two nations.
  • At 3,855,103 square miles, Canada is the second largest country in the world, behind Russia.
  • Alert, in Nunavut territory, is the northernmost permanent settlement in the world.
  • Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world at 151,600 miles.

But my personal favourite fact is this one:

  • Cryptozoologists claim that Canada is the home of several cryptids, including Sasquatch, a giant sloth-like creature known as the beaver-eater, a cannibalistic wildman named Windigo, and a number of lake monsters, such as Ogopogo in Lake Okanagan, British Columbia.
I suppose to some, we Canadians might seem like a bit of a quirky bunch. Then again quirkiness is in the eye of the beholder.

My favourite show on Animal Planet is Finding Bigfoot. I kid you not. It's so bad it's spellbinding. And there's a possibility of a sasquatch hunter or cryptozoologist showing up in a future book. Quirky places and characters are fun to play with as long as they don't over shadow the whole story. Unless the quirkiness is the story.

I can likely pinpoint the beginning of my love for quirky characters down to Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Which led to many other great characters in a great many books.

There's always one secondary character during each writing process that threatens to hijack the story. In my current work-in-progress it could be any number of Grace Bighill's family. They're a dysfunctional bunch and so much fun to write. Except when they're being tragic and breaking my heart.

Who are some of your favourite quirky fictional characters?

1 comment:

jblynn said...

You should definitely write about a sasquatch hunter!!!

I love Luna from the Harry Potter books...when people who believe in magic and dragons and werewolves and trolls think you're odd, you're the definition of quirky!!