Somewhere along the early 2000s, quirkiness invaded America. It’s like how the pilgrims all came over on the Mayflower from England to Massachusetts in the 17th century. Well, sometime in the last 10 years, a boat full of quirky people came over and landed in Hollywood.
When quirky actors like Michael Cera and Jesse Eisenberg first entered the business, they soared, because people could not get enough of their quirkiness.
In fact, their quirkiness has even influenced people to seek out their own individual quirks. Have you ever noticed how people become infatuated with their unique traits? Let’s face it — most of us are dull and boring. So when we actually have a physical characteristic that makes us stand out, we embrace the shit out of it.
For example, I have some weird bone structure in my right hand where I can not bend my right thumb without also bending my right index finger. It’s really odd, and the phenomenon only exists on my right hand. I discovered this when I was about 16, and nine years later I have only met two other people who share this same trait.
So whenever I hear somebody talk about some weird ability that they have, I don’t even listen to what they say, and I just wait until they stop talking so that I can share my weird bone structured right hand.
And I see it all the time. People are obsessed with their own quirks, and it’s Hollywood that has ingrained in us a belief that our quirkiness is what makes us who we really are.
But is there such a thing as “too quirky?” Can somebody be so unique, so open-minded, so awkward that it actually becomes annoying?
To enhance my argument, I look at the queen of quirk, one Zooey Deschanel. She’s been quirky in a bunch of movies. In fact, Deschanel was so popular at first that I am convinced that movies have been made to adapt to her quirkiness. Screenwriters write parts and intentionally make them quirky with the hope of casting her.
And then she was quirky in television shows, like her new show on FOX.
And now, she’s quirky in commercials.
So the big question that remains is whether one can outdo their own quirkiness. In fact, in Zooey’s case, Saturday Night Live has actually developed a skit, called “Being Quirky with Zooey Deschanel,” which mocks her quirkiness. And to make matters worse, Deschanel recently hosted the show and participated in the sketch! She’s so quirky that she actively participated in the mocking of her own quirkiness!
What do I think? I think that there is no such thing as too quirky. In fact, I think that Zooey Deschanel is so quirky that her quirkiness has actually wrapped around in a circle and that she is actually suave and shrewd.
In all seriousness though, I think the key is to just have the right amount of quirkiness and eccentricity. You want to be unique and different, but just to an extent. I’m sure that Zooey Deschanel, as a person, isn’t quirky all of the time. But she definitely is in all of her movies and television shows. And that is why I think some people may be starting to become bored with it.
And just in case you were wondering, I have said some variation of the word “quirky” 27 different times in this particular blog. Now 28.
So my advice to everyone is to be yourself. But not too much.