Monday, February 8, 2016

Is Your Character TSTL?

What's TSTL, you ask?  In the writing world, it means 'too stupid to live.'  They're the stupid characters, who say and do the stupidest things.  Usually, they're the heroine. The hero is the one who keeps them alive, and she has to depend on him because she just does stupid things.

Here's an article about it:  http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/blogs/2011/05/too-stupid-to-live-the-tstl-heroine.

This heroine reminds me of the commercial for Geico and 'It's What You Do.'  If you haven't seen it, check it out here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQ-hlcux66s  Those characters are TSTL.

Have you ever read one of these TSTL characters?  What did you do?  Did you finish the book or throw it away?  Maybe it's propping up a table leg somewhere?

But consider this...sometimes, those TSTL characters are based on real people.  Wow.  That thought amazes me, but I know it's true.  I've met some of those TSTL people.  They're hilarious but have no idea they have 'issues.'

So the next time you read about a character who's too stupid to live, feel sorry for them.  They're probably based on a real-life person, or even (gulp) the author themselves.

Have a great week!
Markee/SweetTale Books


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