Wednesday, March 16, 2011

From the Mouths of Babes (& Wrinkly Old Women)

I adore reading.  I do it constantly and voraciously.  In my exit speech for my English Literature seminar class I asserted that I want to die crushed under a bookcase full of good books.  Ten years later I'd like to amend that to being knocked unconscious first, so that the slow death of internal bleeding takes place while I'm off cavorting in fields of glee (in my brain, anyway).  Also, if those books could all be published titles written by me, that'd be pretty cool too.

I read across genres and I've noticed a lot of not so conventional wisdom being spouted from stock characters in my reading experience.  It seems that wide-eyed ethereal children and ancient minority women have a monopoly on cosmic knowledge and cleverly dialogued common sense.  For the record, I'm not tired of reading about these characters.

But just once, I'd like to see an overblown, pit - stained lawyer with onion breath be the voice of truth in a novel.  Wouldn't that be... different?

7 comments:

Anita said...

LOL! Great post Mindy. Well, they say write what you want to read, girl. Guess the ball's in your court on this one. Have fun writing that sweaty, stinky lawyer. ;-)

Mindy McGinnis said...

I see a future where I hang out at the courthouse, pad and pen in hand, trailing after the least attractive lawyers I can find.

Matt Sinclair said...

I'm sure that won't be too hard. They don't all look like they should be on a television show.

Mindy McGinnis said...

Great.... now I have to choose which unattractive lawyer to follow around. :)

Gennifer Albin said...

Now I'm wondering if too many of my characters spout wisdom! lol

What about paunchy, drunken Haymitch Abernathy spouting good advice and passing out in a pool of his own vomit?

Mindy McGinnis said...

Genn - as long as your characters aren't naive waifs or have to pop in dentures for their dialogue you're in the clear from my judgmental attitude of the day :)

And Haymitch is a good example of the anti wisdom-hero!

Jemi Fraser said...

That would indeed be different! :)

If you gotta go, that's a darn good way to go!