I am not sure if there is a cooler character in novels, today. I know there isn't one I enjoy following the trials and tribulations more in reading. George R.R. Martin's Tyrion Lannister is a great character! Not good, great!
I was referred to Game of Thrones by my friend Anthony. A few years ago he said I would really enjoy two series he read, Terry Pratchett's Discworld (specifically Sam Vimes and Moist von Lipwig) and Game of Thrones.
Wow -- both have been great reads!
As I was picking up Game of Thrones after my full year indulgence with Discworld -- I got lost in the story. Winter is coming -- indeed!
Anthony knew I would love Tyrion. I didn't at first; I couldn't see past the obnoxious attitude. Ha (Look in the mirror much?). But, I saw the truth. I love how Tyrion is always in control, a master in business, uses his differences to his advantage, self-deprecating and has a great love of life!
Last year, when the HBO series was launching I didn't want to watch. How could they cast Tyrion?
Thankfully, they were casting an actual little person in the role. If it were another disability, Hollywood would have cast an able bodied person to play the part. I digress...
Peter Dinklage became Tyrion for me, like no other book character. I love Martin's saga -- with the multiple characters with bodied challenges. Tyrion's romp with life is the best of the bunch, and Dinklage plays it magically.
Great job Martin for writing the character, HBO with casting, Dinklage for executing and the Golden Globes for acknowledging.
Now, maybe Hollywood will cast more actual people with disabilities in roles in the future.