Fictional character traits
Loud – noisy, flashy.
The loud, wacky sidekick can make or break a story. Since loud is an auditory business, it’s more apparent in movies, although characters can be loud in choice of attire or personality. If a vocally loud character must exist, I like his appearance kept to a minimum, because who likes the noisy type?
In Fifth Element, Ruby is simply annoying in all sorts of ways. Loud, crude, and too much. For no good reason, even if one is made up.
A different type of loud comes via the helpless, screaming woman in films like King Kong. Naomi Watts spends so much time screaming for her life, I’d rather mute the thing and pop another pain reliever.
For a book character, I see exclamation marks meant to convey loudness. Not a fan. Not because of rules, but exclamation marks translate as shortcuts. I’d rather understand the reason for loudness:
1. Cultural — in certain cultures people are loud. Or they sound loud to those from quieter places.
2. Anger. If anger is conveyed, dialogue is the vehicle. Good dialogue.
3. Dialect. I’ve listened to an Appalachian song where the word well was yelled out in such a way that is sounded like it ended with a. Louder than all sounds, much louder. As if the singer was suffering — exactly the intention, I assume: portray internal angst.
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