I don’t want to hear any more complaints of unrealistic dialogue in my fiction.

If DC staffers can talk like this:

Levin Staffer Arrested for Allegedly Beating Lover With Shovel
Foster put his boyfriend in a choke hold and stated, “I want to kill you. Die dirty faggy.”

“When you reach the fifth step, I am going to stab you.”

Then my sane, intelligent characters can speak grammatically of detailed technical matters in casual conversation.

Hat tip to David Codrea.

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One thought on “I don’t want to hear any more complaints of unrealistic dialogue in my fiction.

  1. TRX October 22, 2015 / 7:13 am

    If you’re going for realism… most people *don’t* speak with correct grammar. Most people *think* they do, but “the words what are coming out of their mouth” more closely resemble textspeak or tweetspeak, or the gibberish you’ll find on a gamer forum frequented by hiphop teens. Mangled syntax, incomplete, incorrect, or made-up words, emphasis on the wrong syllable, inflecting every sentence as a question, failure to separate words leading to one continuous babbling slur…

    For a particularly good (bad?) example, try listening to some of the White House tapes. The Nixon ones are the most easily available, though partial ones exist all the way back to the Eisenhower Administration. You’ll hear a bunch of politicians and lawyers, whose *trade* is words… they don’t even make sense half of the time. (And, particularly in the Johnson Administration, “uh” and profanity make up about a third of everything…)

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