Character Dialects too much Characterization?

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Re: Character Dialects too much Characterization?

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Jyockel08 wrote:
24 Jan 2020, 20:20
I struggle with dialect sometimes, but I’d rather think about what they are saying, rather then be confused on whom is speaking because all the characters sound exactly the same.
I agree with you there. That's one place where movies excel. All the characters might be written similar, but a great actor can take that material and make the character breathe a life of its own. It's more difficult to do that in a book, especially if a writer pays more attention to the plot points than the characters. New dialects show characters getting the attention they deserve.
“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme” - Mark Twain. Dare we say the same thing about every story that gets told in the world?

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Although I definitely understand and appreciate that the author worked so hard to include so many different dialects, I don't think that it was really necessary for him to change the spelling of almost every word in certain sentences when he could have accomplished the same thing by "changing" only a few words a sentence rather than most of them. Even given that most readers would be able to pick up the meanings of the words rather quickly, the fact remains that it might discourage at least some readers from wanting to read any further, especially given how much dialogue there is immediately upon starting the book.

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That was definitely my first issue with this book. Generally speaking, these accents are best left up to the readers’ minds. It was very distracting to try to figure out the individual words while reading the sentences.

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I am currently reading a book where almost the entire story is written in a certain dialect, and I am having a tough time understanding most of it. I do agree that this can get overbearing at times. On a flip side, it also adds a realistic flavor. So once you get used to reading the dialect, it actually becomes an enjoyable read. Maybe it would be a good idea to add a glossary.

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MrunalT wrote:
25 Feb 2020, 01:23
I am currently reading a book where almost the entire story is written in a certain dialect, and I am having a tough time understanding most of it. I do agree that this can get overbearing at times. On a flip side, it also adds a realistic flavor. So once you get used to reading the dialect, it actually becomes an enjoyable read. Maybe it would be a good idea to add a glossary.
Deadly Waters has two glossaries!

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I liked and thought it accentuated the fact that people in the military come from all over and form new bonds. I did have to re-read some words and sound some out, though, but I enjoyed this.

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I love the book also and find it interesting. Though the effect of dialects is intentional by the author, but can still be a barrier to some reader to slowly or never comprehend.

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