So… who are your favorite tricksters in literature?

Hi everyone. I’m Rincey and I’m one of the contributing editors over at book riot and I’m back with this week’s reader question. So this past Saturday was April Fool’s Day, April 1st. So inspired by that, this week’s question is who are your favorite jokesters or tricksters in literature. I was thinking about this one for a little while and I wasn’t originally going to ask question because I couldn’t really think of any myself. There are two, well technically three, that I thought of. The first was Puck from a Midsummer’s Night’s Dream who I feel like is the ultimate sort of trickster in literature. And then other ones were the Weasley twins from the Harry Potter series. But outside of those, i don’t really know of that many others. It could just be my own memory. I feel like whenever I ask questions you guys always answer with things where I’m like oh yeah that’s one that falls into it. So I strong feeling there are others that I’m forgetting. But also I recognize the fact that I tend to read more quote unquote serious literature, stuff that wouldn’t necessarily have tricksters or jokesters in it. So I’m sure that there are more out there that I’m just personally not aware of. So leave a comment down below letting me know who your favorites are. Or it doesn’t necessarily have to be a favorite, but just ones that you know of in literature would work too.

9 Replies to “So… who are your favorite tricksters in literature?

  1. My favourite is probably Coyote from Thomas King's Green Grass, Running Water. I might be like you in that there are characters I may not necessarily remember, but Coyote is the ultimate trickster and I love King's telling of him.

  2. Eden Robinson'sā€‹ new book The Trickster is supposed to be really good. Its a tale of First Nations myths and characters in a modern setting in B.C.

  3. The trickster that came immediately to my mind is Coyote, from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. Coyote also makes at least one appearance in the Stormwalker series by Allyson James (I've only read a short story from this series, in the Hexed anthology, but Coyote played an important role in it; I suspect he's a recurring character in the main series books).

    I've read three other books that feature tricksters: Hounded by Kevin Hearne (#1 in the Iron Druid Chronicles); The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling; and Trick of the Light by Rob Thurman (#1 in his Trickster series!).

    Nearly all of the aforementioned books are Urban Fantasy, though The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales is full of fantasy stories and fairy-tale retellings (and features Coyote, Brer Rabbit, Anansi, and possibly more tricksters). šŸ™‚

  4. Hands down Coyote in Thomas King's "Green grass, running water". Masterpiece on identity and metaphysics of storytelling and reality and cultural perception.

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