Today we thought about discussing some important topics in writing. Something powerful. Meaningful. Something that people would always remember.
And then we decided that was too much pressure, so instead we're going to talk about something fun.
So without further ado, I present to you our topic of the week. Character Pet Peeves. Or rather, characters that encapsulate our pet peeves.
Diana: So, the other day I watched this movie ( Which will remain unnamed lest it is your fave flix) Anyways, one of the characters totally bugged me. She was a super hot, Butt Kicking™ computer genius . . .working for the Pentagon of course!
Renee: She's Super Woman.
Diana: I was like, Really? Can't she just be smart and work for the Pentagon? Isn't that cool enough?
Renee: That bugs me too. Where are the slacker chicks?
Diana: And its not enough that she is smart and awesome. She also has to be HOT— perfect hair, perfect bod, sassy stilettos.
Renee: And BTW, she's not just "smart," she has a genius IQ.
Renee: But she's also quick with the hilarious and sassy one liners! She's no nerd!
Diana: Sidenote: If my husband reads this he'll think I'm being catty :)
Renee: HA. Men. But you see, it's not necessarily the character we're mad at. It's the writer!
Renee: Speaking of sassy one liners, my pet peeve is the precocious, but adorable, and Infinitely Wise kid brother/sister. The kind of character that makes me wonder if the writer has ever met actual children.
Renee: There's also the opposite, which bothers me as well. The child as an obnoxious terror—there to read the MC's diary, embarrass them in front of the Love Interest, or run away in the last act of the book, and cause everyone to evaluate their motivations
Diana: I don't know . . . I can relate to the whole "pesky sibling" problem.
Diana: I kid because I love!
To be fair, those characters can be good and interesting as long as they are believable—
Renee: No-no-no. This post isn't about being fair. I just want to talk trash.
Diana: Oh I can talk trash.
Renee: Bring it.
Diana: Okay. Here's pet peeve number two: The meathead jock. Recognizable in the letterman's jacket, the Meathead can be found: throwing scrawny kids against lockers, strutting down the halls surrounded by several other nameless jocks, and pulling crazy pranks
Renee: Yep. And he's always getting drunk at parties. And sleeping with the drunk cheerleaders.
Diana: Yes, yes How could I forget?
Renee: This one is similar to my other pet peeve: The Lovable Lothario.
I know I'm going to annoy a lot of people, but I didn't like Iron Man. Why? Tony Stark. He's the "endearingly" cocky bad boy, who beds women left and right, but never remembers their names. He recklessly spends his gobs of cash, and drives a motorcycle or flashy car. He's full of himself, but ya can't hate him, cuz he's witty and OH-SO-COOL. He's got "swagger" as Ke$ha would say.
Diana: Never doubt the wisdom of Ke$sha.
Renee: *nods obediently*
Diana: Remember Ren, "Boys will be boys!" ;)
Renee: Ha! That's exactly why men like the Lovable Lothario. Because they wish they WERE him. And women, well they fantasize about being The One to Tame Him.
Diana: *envisions herself taming Robert Downey Jr....*
Renee: You see?!! You're as bad as the rest. I'm disappointed in you, sis.
Diana: *hangs head in shame*
Renee: haha. Ah, this has been fun.
Diana: Nothing like starting the day with some good old fashioned trash talk...
Diana: Though, I think we need a picture of Care Bears hugging or something. In case we offended anyone..:)
Renee: Done. And remember, one person's pet peeve is another persons favorite, yadda yadda yadda.
What about you? What kind of character gets under your skin?