On that topic of boredom, I discovered a rather obscure character in an obscure fantasy novel who seems to be bored by everything. Hence he is a lot like me. Everything bores me after a point.
Yes, so this character I was talking about. He is this teenage boy called Lerris. I know it’s vaguely creepy that I choose to identify with a teenage boy at this age.
But all that aside, the defining characteristic of Lerris is that everything eventually bores him. His boredom is to the extent that he cannot find a path or a way of life that will grab his interest for long enough. Now I never finished the tale to know what finally interested him. The review at the back of the book describes it as a “Coming of age” tale. As if we haven’t had enough of those already. Anyway I am guessing that he does find something to hold on to at the end.
The best thing about this boy is that he frankly admits that he is bored, unlike all those other literary characters whose boredom can only be gauged through their actions and words. Now if that so-called absence of depth makes this character less literary, then so be it. I think it would be somewhat sad if he loses his unique bored character by the end of the novel. That would be, in my opinion, rather boring.