Friday, April 4, 2014

Don't Get So...


Do you prefer your main characters to be strong & silent, keeping a stoic mien while reading their emotional thoughts? How do you feel about characters who don't say a word even in the face of false accusations when most people would say something? 

It depends. I don't like overly chatty characters who blurt out every aspect of their current state of emotions (because we usually know what they're feeling from the situation or other characters). But, sometimes you need the character to cry, scream, yell, take a swing, shoot, or do something because the emotions are so intense.

Understated can be the perfect touch or it can be frustrating. Flat characters are as annoying as basket cases.

Do you have strong feelings on the subject?




  1. characters should show emotion otherwise they're like stick figures

  2. Found your blog through your friend, Natalie. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks squirrels are up to something. :)

    I do think it's important to care about the character. Wanting to know what happens next to them is what keeps me reading.

    1. Heeeee! Hi David! And agree--you really have to care, and sometimes I crave characters that are driven by stuff like a thirst for revenge... (sorry, still knee-deep in Clash of Kings!)

  3. I like to feel the emotion of the scene in the story. Sometimes that works by having the hero hold back. But without emotion, I don't connect to the story.

    Liz A. from Laws of Gravity