As well as talking about individual Strange Girls I’ve come across in fiction, I’d also like to discuss the many different types of Strange Girls that there are. For strangeness comes in a great number of forms and so there are numerous categories of Strange Girls out there. (I’m generally opposed to categorising things, but I don’t have much problem with doing so, as long as it isn’t in an ignorant manner.) And one of these that is most popular and used quite regularly is that of the Goth girl. Which makes a lot of sense, considering how the Gothic subculture is one that fully embraces weirdness.
Probably the most well-known fictional Goth girl has to be Death, from Neil Gaiman’s graphic novel series The Sandman. She is one of the Endless, and is the older sibling of Morpheus, the main character. Here, Death is depicted as kind and cheerful, a soothing guide from this world to the other side, who takes on the form of a teenaged girl. Death also has some elements of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, but we’ll get back to that in a future post. She’s been a fan favourite from her very first appearance, and I plan to do a post soon on both Death and her sister, Delirium, a definite Strange Girl. Another well-known Gothic girl from fiction is Lydia Deetz (from Beetlejuice), who I’ve already written about. Others include Sophie Blue (from the novel Fade to Blue, which I urge you to read), Dess and Jessica from Midnighters (tho’ they deny it) and the titular Norwegian comic strip character Nemi (which I really should read more of, because the art looks good and it seems hilarious). I s’pose Allison from The Breakfast Club might count too.
Often these characters are portrayed as either lively and bubbly characters, or as silent and thoughtful. (We’ll ignore the unfair stereotypes and instead focus on the ones that actually bother to get it right.) Many are Perky Goths, fun characters who just happen to have a deep fondness for the macabre. Really, tho’, they come in all shape, sizes and personality types (but I’ve yet to come across one who was triangular.) They are portrayed as very artistic and elegant, with a good dress sense, as well as being quirky and eccentric. They can range from being tough and scary to mostly harmless. Really, this is a type of character that has a lot of scope, and when written well is a delight to the audience. Not that they’re perfect (no group of people is) but they do acknowledge this fact.
In conclusion: the Goth look and mindset suits the Strange Girl archetype perfectly.