I recently re-watched Amélie (again), and was reminded of the charming and succinct way that new characters are introduced. Upon first encountering a character they are defined by the narrator in terms of their likes and dislikes … Do you remember too?
Take for instance Amelie’s mother:
‘Amandine Poulain is a school mistress who has always had shaky nerves. She dislikes puckered fingers in the bath, having her hand touched by strangers, pillow marks on her cheek in the morning. She likes figure skaters’ costumes on TV, polishing the parquet, emptying her hand bag, cleaning it out and putting everything back in.’
This got me thinking about those odd little things that I like and dislike. I didn’t want to focus on general annoyances and irritations (of which I have a lot), but instead wanted to figure out some particularly unique things that get to me in either a positive or a negative way. So here it goes:
‘Tracey is a frustrated writer who dreams her way through life. She dislikes price stickers that aren’t easy to remove, people touching magazines before she’s read them, and sultanas in curry. She likes the sound of dog claws clicking on wooden floor boards, secondhand books with handwritten notes, and noticing spelling mistakes on advertising signs.’
I think I could probably come up with at least another twenty personal likes and dislikes, but it’s more fun to keep proceedings short. How about you? Do you have some oddities that you’d like to share? … It’s fun, I promise!