Literature: Don't Call Me Ishmael!
"And you've never heard of Ishmael Leseur's Syndrome consider yourself lucky. It's been known to destroy the 'normal behaviour' gene and expose a person's innermost idiot to the world."Don't Call Me Ishmael!
is a light-hearted trilogy of Young Adult novels written by Michael Gerard Bauer and centering around cheery loser Ishmael Leseur
and his friends, in an Australian all-boys school. Notable largely for an infectious enthusiasm, which suggests that Bauer enjoyed the novel as much as his characters, and for being highly quotable, to the extent that the series named a trope
before receiving its own page on the wiki.
Characters with major roles in all works of the series include:
- Ishmael Leseur, generally mopey everyman.
- Orazio "Razz" Zorzotto, Ishmael's eventual best friend and self-professed master of all things romantic.
- James Scobie, unlikely champion for losers everywhere.
- Bill Kingsley, dreamy geek, described as "still waters, running shallow".
- Ignatius Prindabel, socially-awkward nerd that eventually develops astounding chick-pulling abilities.
- Kelly Faulkner, the weatherman's sunny daughter, serving as Ishmael's love interest.
- Sally Nofke, Kelly's friend, a math geek that serves as Razz's.
- Prue Leseur, Ishmael's sister, a bright lass that, funnily enough, serves as Scobie's love interest.
- Miss Tarango, Ishmael's eternally cheerful homeroom teacher.
- Mr. Guthrie: environmentally-conscious teacher, serving as Miss Tarango's love interest.
Don't Call Me Ishmael! provides examples of the following tropes: