In honor of April Fools (a bit late but hey, I don’t control when Wednesdays fall), talk about your favorite jokesters, pranksters, and funny characters.
The first character I thought of when I saw this topic was the main character of The Way You Make Me Feel, Clara Shin. She’s a Korean-American girl who loves pranks, but after one of them goes too far (she starts a fire without meaning to) she’s forced to spend the summer working in the KoBra, her dad’s food truck. She’s very immature at the beginning of the book, but I never found her too irritating – I understood her, and I loved both her narration (I found her really funny at times) and her character arc.
If we’re talking about funny characters, I have to talk about Nikolai Lantsov from The Grisha. Last T5W I said that Baghra has some of the best lines in the trilogy; almost all the other ones are Nikolai’s. But he’s not here just to deliver great one-liners, he’s also one of the very few characters on the “good” side who actually understand politics.
An honorable mention goes to Koya, the main character of The Too-Clever Fox (in The Language of Thorns); Nikolai got one of his many names from that story.
One of my many problems with fae books is that they take the fae too seriously – they’re dangerous, they’re immortal, they’re really good looking, I get it, but it’s boring anyway. An Enchantment of Ravens doesn’t do that. Rook is flawed, he’s not invincible, but he’s hilarious. I love him because of this – I’m tired of perfect brooding love interests, give me the messy ones who get into fights with teapots.
The Entire Shuos Faction
Most in-text jokes in Machineries of Empire are at the expense of the Kel (military faction), who are stereotyped as just not that smart, but I think the existence itself of the Shuos faction (intelligence) is a joke. I mean, it’s said that they’re not running the Hexarchate just because they’re too busy backstabbing each other to do anything actually useful. I love all of them, they’re horrible (and funny).
Also, it’s implied that Shuos Academy is basically prankland, so it’s perfect for this topic.
If we want to talk about who gets the best lines, Calixte is my pick for Strange the Dreamer – and not only the funny ones (she has many of them, and a very peculiar backstory), the “Dream me something beautiful and full of monsters. […] All best stories are” part is also hers. She’s just a minor character, the plot wouldn’t change much without her, but almost all her scenes made me laugh. Also, she’s in an f/f relationship and I love her.
Who are your favorite funny characters/books?