For example, I've just finished reading a refreshing WIP by Mindy Ruiz. She is a wonderful writer who's bursting onto the YA scene.My favorite part of her work is the voice of her protag. She really has a grasp for being able to write in a way that the voice of her characters jumps off the page. Well done, Ms. Mindy, well done!
This got me thinking about the most unique characters I've read about or seen on film. What are their characteristics? What makes them unique? What gives them their authentic voice?
Here are my top three:
Italia Trent quoted Yoda just the other day. "Do, or do not. There is no try". Yoda's iconic turn of phrase is so well known that I've never seen it emulated, giving this character one of the best known voices of a generation.
#3 Saltheart Foamfollower--One of the best fantasy series I've ever read was Stephen R. Donaldson's "The Thomas Covenent Series". Now unless you went to college in the early 80's, you might have never heard of these books. The first of the series has long since been out of print, and I, of course, didn't save my copies when I moved for graduate school. I ran across the first three books of the second chronicles and snatched them up, and I'm now scouring vintage stores, determined to create a set. I haven't read this series in over twenty years, yet Saltheart's fierce compassion and ability to fight stayed with me. His voice so strong, I no longer remember what he did or why he did it, I just remember who he was and that I loved his voice. This is why Saltheart is on the top of my list.
Of course there's Mr. Darcy, the hobbits, the rats of Nyhm, Alice, the Shrew, Willy Wonka, the list goes on and on. Each character is brought to life through their mannerisms, scenery, and word structure.
And so I'd like to know, what is your favorite fictional character that has a unique voice?