January 22nd, 2007

Loz Purple

Well, I do owe you for giving me this unholy ACTING TALENT!..

You can't just have your characters announce how they feel! That makes me feel angry!*

Is this true? It's a joke, sure, but is it true? Is it wrong to have your characters blurt out their emotions? Is it in some way less realistic? Because I don't know about you, but if I'm sad, depending on who I'm with, I might very well say "I am sad." I might be crying and sniffling, with a delightfully sticky trail of mucus dripping from my nose, so it's pretty damn obvious, but I will also verbalise the emotion. Perhaps that's just me.

How do you prefer representation of emotion through characters in texts? Do you feel uncomfortable when characters declare their love for each other? Do you prefer only actions - show not tell? Or are you the other way around? Maybe a hand gesture is not enough? How about other emotions - anger, joy? Is this is entirely dependent upon the characters emoting and enacting - or do you have some general preferences?

*Futurama - The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings