I’ve been contemplating lately what random facts would be used to describe me if I were a character in a movie written by Guillaume Laurant, the French dialogue writer for Amelie and Un Long Dimanche de Fiancailles (A Very Long Engagement). He has a brilliant way of writing to include the most bizarre habits of his characters—the type of things they do that make them completely unique from the rest of the population.
Here are some of the quirky descriptors of a few of his characters: a man who loves to carry bubble wrap around with him to pop, a dog who farts in his sleep, a woman who (upon hearing the dog fart) smiles and says to herself (in French, of course) Doggy farts gladden my heart, a woman who plays the tuba because it sounds like a distress call, a man who collects discarded pictures at photo booths, a man obsessed with raking his gravel drive, and a man who talks to the vegetables in the stand he works at.
As I’ve been contemplating, here are some of the things he might say about me:
- tip-toes down steep declines
- names inanimate objects
- purposefully makes a mess so she’ll have something to do later
- takes funny phrases out of context in a conversation and pretends that they were used as a greeting to other people
- accidentally combines words and puts the wrong vowels into words when she’s been up too late
What quirks would he describe you with?