Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Why do people like boring characters?

While hunting for today's stupid book review, I stumbled onto the Howl's Moving Castle page and was shocked.
There was none of the charm and charisma of the movie, and the characters did not interact as well as they could have. Instead of being warm and inviting and protective of Sophie, Howl was a cold, distant playboy who took an instant dislike to the old woman and who spent most of his time chasing women
Then there was a review with this title:
HOWL IS SLIMY AND MEAN
WHAT??!!??

Howl is easily one of my favorite characters of all time. One of these days, I am going to make a list and he is going to be at the top of it, because he is SO MUCH FUN. He's delicious because of his flaws. Yes, he's a playboy. Yes, he's selfish. Yes, he's vain. And all that and more makes him fun to read about.

Some people just don't appreciate well-rounded characters.

(When I started mocking stupid reviews, I promised myself that I'd never mock a review just because I didn't agree with it. Oops.)

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