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February 02 2019
benjifisher

Mermaids Are Real Quotes

So you've read Mermaids Are Real, or maybe you haven't (shame on you). For those that have, there are a few quotes that either stir up controversy, incite laughter, or get you riled up to defend your existence as a Topsider. Don't worry. Being a Topsider's not a bad thing, just as much as being a mermaid would be. It is what it is. If you haven't read the book, now's a good time to get acquainted with some of the characters.

Octavius

Octavius' words of wisdom rarely equate to long drawn out monologues. He realizes that you can say just as much with a few words as you can with a mouthful. This first one came when he first met Benji and gave him the "you're not what you think you are" speech. I like this one because it reminds us that we are all special. Each and every one of us has a special skill set and talents that make us what we are.
  • "No matter how strange you think you are up there, you are very special someplace else. That someplace is Aquari, your true home."
This one was spoken on the boat ride to Sanjowqua, the home of the Eastern Mer. Benji marvels at the crabs speaking to Jaylon as they are boarding the boat. Octavius gives him a powerful message here, one that all Topsiders tend to overlook, part in ignorance, part in arrogance.
  • "Everything in nature speaks. Not everything in nature listens."

Benji

One of my favorite scenes in the book is when Benji fully transforms. Butterbean and some of the bullies at school called him fishboy because of the "scars" on either side of his neck. Here Benji realizes whether they knew it or not, he is what they accused him of being, and he's ok with that.
  • "I am fishboy."
Benji has a lot to learn. Octavius tells him that he's special, but Benji doesn't' really think that's such a good thing. At least, others don't think so. He has a ways to go until he realizes that it doesn't matter what other people think.
  • "Back on land, special isn't always such a good thing."

Joe

Joe is Benji's rock. We find out otherwise, but Benji grows up thinking that Joe's his father. Whether he is or not, Joe did a good job raising him and he fully qualifies as a dad. This first one is when, Joe, our normally gruff fisherman gets tired of trying to rationalize his conversation with Octavius and the dolphins and spits it out.
  • "I talked to an octopus straddling the back of a dolphin this morning."
During the same dialogue, Joe reminds Benji that his life is not exactly like his friends, but that's not at all a bad thing.
  • "Normal's what you're used to, and I think you and I have a few things going on that a lot of other people may not be used to."
I like this quote because it's true in life in so many ways. It affects so many people especially in a negative way, including me. I grew up telling myself negative things and for the longest time it kept me down. Be careful what you tell yourself.
  • "If you tell yourself something over and over again, after a while, it becomes the truth."

Jaylon

Jaylon's a big brother I never had. He's fun, supportive, and funny. He's not a math whiz, but he can sling a spear, captain a boat, or do anything else that requires strength, coordination, and style. And nine times out of ten he does it with a big, fat grin on his face. He's simply a fun merman to be around. When Benji first learns how to change his tail, it doesn't go as he expects. Benji's a little distraught and in the process calls himself a mermaid. Jaylon reminds him that it's just a word.
  • "You can be a mermaid if you want, though. We won't judge. Those are Topsider words anyway."
Once they are on the boat and on their way to Sanjowqua, Benji, Lin, and Jaylon head down to the galley to check out what's going on down there. Benji gets more than he could ever imagine. Aquari, the ocean, begins to come alive. Benji had no idea what had been going on under his surfboard all the years prior. He's starting to get a taste. Jaylon motions him forward as an electric eel fight is about to commence.
  • "Let's head to the front. These always make my hair stand on end."

Gougoun

Just in case you're reading this as a M.A.R. newcomer, Gouguon is the bad guy. He hates the Topsiders. He hates the way they disregard the oceans and, more precisely, hates the way they seem to regard Aquari as a giant trashcan. While Benji was Topside thinking he was a Topsider, Gouguon spent that time in prison. Octavius and the rest of Aquari think he's safely stowed away there for another year, so when Gougoun is exiting Sanjowqua as Benji is arriving, alarm bells start sounding. The next two quotes come from Gouguon as he's talking to Octavius, Meena, Jaylon, and Benji. Gouguon is very calm and very confident. His poise shines in his interaction with them.
  • "The birthplace of the Earth's pride and joy? The mother and father of the devolved species of Topsides who now destroy our homeland? Not care?"
  • "My interest, young pup, lies in the continuation of Aquarien glory which, if you haven't noticed, is clearly on the downswing."

Eeke

Eeke is the youngest brother to Zeeke and Mai. He's part of the patrol that watches Benji when he's out on his surfboard. This quote is from when they first meet Benji at Joe's boat and Eeke informs them that the animals of Aquari are always listening.
  • "Boats are giant speakers. We hear everything."

Butterbean

My father called his Uncle Butterbean. In the South, we call lima beans butterbeans. I have no idea why. I grew up calling them that because that's what my parents called them when they were fussing at me to clean my plate. They still make me gag. My Dad's uncle was a more likable Butterbean. He was, in fact, a very funny individual. I can only remember laughing around him when I was a kid. In Mermaids Are Real, Butterbean is the goldfish in Benji's History class. The first chapter opens with Butterbean giving Benji a mouthful for not feeding him. Benji's trying to put Butterbean out of his head, but his telepathy is strong now and it's hard to ignore the persistent little fish. In the first quote, Butterbean is demanding food.
  • "I can't eat these glass marbles down here. And I'm not hungry enough to recycle yet, which by the way, someone needs to clean this place, too."
In the second quote, Butterbean is begging for rescue after a mishap put his bowl in a thousand tiny pieces on the floor and Butterbean amongst the carnage fighting for his life.
  • "Help me! I'm dying. I can't breathe! Save me, fishboy. Please! I'm too pretty to go out like this. Too young!"
This was so much fun. I thoroughly enjoyed going back through the book and finding some of my favorite parts. I only covered a few quotes from a few of the characters, so I'll be doing this again in the future. If you haven't read the book, I hope this inspired you to take a deeper look. We're adding a section on the M.A.R. homepage where you can download the prologue and the first two chapters for a more in-depth preview. That should be done by March 1, 2019. If you'd like to buy a book, you can purchase it from Amazon, or my mid-April we are going to have the book (digital version) available for purchase on the M.A.R. website.

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