Too much pumpkin pie and trimmings got me thinking about fat characters
not fat in the literal sense, but more overdone (a little like my turkey this year .. sorry sweetie!)
I am reading a book right now that is almost comical in its character tells:
the grandma picks her ears
the sister twirls her hair
the father snorts constantly
the dark, mean antagonist licks his lips to no end
it's all a little too much.
Now, I am all for a well placed character tell here and there -- but too many can make your otherwise dark and scary novel into a Mel Brooks production (bring out your dead!)
It's sad really, because this novel has great potential and I want so badly to stop giggling at the overwritten characters long enough to enjoy it.
Oh well, at least I can learn from it. It caused me to go back to my WIP and cut out a few of my own overwritten characteristics. All things in moderation, right?
Know this: I totally use character tells. They can really enhance a piece and make you feel more connected to the characters. I am just seeing how they can also distract from a piece if overdone.
Questions: how do you use character tells? do you agree that they can be overdone? have you seen that? done that? weigh in!