Armchair BEA, Day 3: Character Chatter

Posted May 29, 2015

Day 3 and I’m really loving my first ABEA experience so far.  Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read my posts and to comment too, so lovely of you.

Armchair BEA


Today’s topic is Character Chatter and I’ve decided to share one of my all-time favourite characters with you, who happens to just fit in with this year’s diversity theme.

Tyrion Lannister (from A Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin) is one of my absolute favourite characters. I’m so glad that both the TV show and Peter Dinklage have done justice to the character (in my opinion). If you aren’t familiar with the books, Tyrion is a dwarf. He’s also the son of one of the most powerful men in the Kingdom, the brother of an unrivaled swordsman and also brother to the Queen. Tyrion’s mother died giving birth to him, a fact many of his family have never forgiven him for. Not only has he had to face ill treatment from the rest of the world, but he has forever seeked his father’s approval.

I particularly like the way George RR Martin has created the character of Tyrion. His chapters in the books are definitely my favourites (Arya is a pretty close second though). He’s a sharp, intelligent, witty character who uses his brain rather than the brawn that most men in the Seven Kingdoms possess.


It should be noted that he also has a darker side that drinks and visits brothels. It’s funny as I wrote that I was thinking to myself “how can someone who drinks and visits brothels be one of your favourite characters?” and yet he is.

“Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one

Aside from the fact that he is brilliantly witty, I feel like I can relate to him in some ways.

I’m sure there are many more cleaning-living, vice-free characters that I could relate to. Yet I find the way Tyrion uses self-depreciating humour relatable. That’s exactly how I approach my life and my wheelchair. Honestly, some people don’t know how to take it but when they realise that I’m fine with it, I’ve accepted it and that just how I am, it really breaks the ice. A psychologist might say it’s deflecting from the situation but pfft I don’t care – this is how I am.

I also love the idea of sharpening the mind with books. I do my best to read and keep my mind active. I feel Tyrion and I could have some great conversations.

So yeah, he might not be the most conventional of characters, but to my mind Tyrion is one of the stars of Martin’s series. He has the best lines (I could have filled this post with quotes), a wicked sense of humour and despite being a Lannister he seems to be kind too. A brilliant combination.


Who are your favourite characters from fiction?