When fiction writers show a lack of experience
Posted 04 February 2019 - 03:50 PM
Posted 04 February 2019 - 04:30 PM
"Bro" is slang tho so that one slides. I did have neigbors once who had 2 fraternal twins. One time I heard the one say "Brother, come here" and it struck me as peculiar.
Edited by Confuzor, 04 February 2019 - 04:30 PM.
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Posted 04 February 2019 - 04:51 PM
In regards to the first example, I agree with the initial point, but not the response. It's weird when characters only refer to their children as "our son/daughter" (with allowance made for when a kid did something wrong/stupid e.g. "YOUR son stuck his wiener in the toaster... again."
But siblings? I don't have any, but my wife calls her sister by her first name all the time. I think everyone I know refers to their siblings by their first names unless they happen to have a nickname of some sort.
In the broader sense though yes, basic information that gets missed or worse still, intentionally ignored to enable a plot device irritates me. I'm not saying minutia necessarily (unless the writing clearly makes a big deal about how important minutia is but still selectively ignores it - like sound in space or something), but just basic stuff like I don't know, a procedural drama that so blatantly ignores procedure just for the sake of increasing the "intensity" of a scene and then never deals with the real fallout that should have follow. Suits is a notorious example of this that springs to mind. It's a law firm yet - among many other issues - they offer such a ridiculously hostile work environment that they'd be sued out of existence multiple times over. Also, every medical show ever.
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Posted 04 February 2019 - 06:18 PM
It wouldn't be entirely out of place to use 'brother' or 'sister' in a high fantasy setting (like Lord of the Rings) or if you're setting a specific portentous tone, where speaking casually would undermine tensions.
Like almost all writing, it's a matter of using the right words in the right context.
Posted 05 February 2019 - 01:12 AM
I call all my sibs by first names or bro or sis
What else are you gonna call them otherwise??
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Posted 05 February 2019 - 02:07 AM
Yeah I was confused, being an only child, that siblings don't call each other by their first name.
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Posted 05 February 2019 - 02:35 AM
I'm really curious to know what she did call her sister, if not any of the obvious things. Unfortunately I guess we'll never know, since her Twitter is private.
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Posted 05 February 2019 - 11:28 AM
I called my brother all kinds of names, none of which are on his birth certificate.
My sister, though, she's always just been Sarah.
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Posted 05 February 2019 - 01:30 PM
When this sort of thing pops up in fiction, it's almost always hamfisted exposition to explain character relationships, with exceptions like the Han and Leia thing where they were saving Ben's name reveal for a dramatic moment. I'm not saying it doesn't happen in real life, but the reason for it in fiction is always obvious and takes me out of it a bit.
Posted 05 February 2019 - 05:38 PM
-ZacWilliam, well when he was REALLY little it was Gabey-Baby...
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Posted 15 February 2019 - 02:20 PM
I refer to my brother by his first name. So do my parents. Pretty sure that's normal.
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Posted 15 February 2019 - 02:44 PM
American Dad did a brilliant take on this when Stan is listening in on a conversation Francine is having with her sister over the phone concerning financial troubles.
"What?...I've never called you 'sis' before?....Huh. You're right. It DOES sound like clunky exposition to explain who you are to people who have never met you before. Weird."
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