META: Some Thoughts on Problems in Characterization in Serial Literature

Jamie Rosen jamie.rosen at
Thu Aug 9 19:46:13 PDT 2007

On Aug 9, 8:31 pm, Tom Russell <milos_par... at> wrote:
> By speech patterns, I refer not to rhythms of spoken speech, but to
> word choices.  I agree with Martin, though, that people talk
> differently under different circumstances.
> I withdraw my generalization about persons not having any speech
> patterns, while still maintaining that the "unique voice" is,
> generally, a shallow method of characterization.

I can agree to that; it seems to me that giving someone a single
"unique voice" runs counter to the "people speak differently in
different situations" belief. Each person will have many unique
voices, and some of them aren't all that different from other people's.

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