Punctuated For Emphasis: Literature
- Num8ers by Rachael Ward: A somewhat surreal (and early; it happens in chapter 1!) example, in that it was a mother talking to her child.
"I don't need it, so just...bloody...shut...up."
- The Looking-Glass Wars: Now off! With! Your! Head!
- Harry Potter: Molly Weasley to Bellatrix Lestrange, during the Final Battle:
"You — will — never — touch — our — children — again!"
"They. Like. It. They like being enslaved!"
- And in the fourth book when Hermione starts a PETA-style organization for house-elves and Ron is trying to talk Hermione out of it
"NEVER — INSULT — ALBUS — DUMBLEDORE — IN — FRONT — OF — ME!"
- Hagrid yelling at Uncle Vernon, right before giving Dudley a pig's tail?
- HE! IS! NOT! DEAD!
- THIS — HAS — SOMETHING — TO — DO — WITH — POTTER!!
- YOU — COMPLETE — ARSE — RONALD — WEASLEY! YOU — CRAWL — BACK — HERE — AFTER — WEEKS — AND — WEEKS—!
- On the Discworld, multiple exclamation marks are a sure sign of a diseased mind:
- That! Is!! Not!!! My!!!! Cow!!!!! Those who haven't read the book will probably snicker. Those who have read the book will shiver.
- Also in opera, everyone!!!! Takes!!!! Such!!!! A!!!!! Long!!!!! Time!!!!! To!!!!!...
- Unseen Academicals: "Now. Will. You. Trust. Me?" and "Just. Someone. Who. Made. Clothes."
- Hogfather: And that leaves us with one final question. Have you been naughty... or... nice? Ho! Ho! HO!
- Men at Arms: Silas Cumberbatch, a new recruit to the Watch, speaks this way. Justified in that he's a former town crier.
- Although Not With The Same Intensity, All Of The Golems Of Discworld Are Implied To Speak Like This All The Time.
- The Dresden Files:
Kukulcan: Bow. Down. Mortal.
- "I. Am Not. Yoda." The titular character has just exploded a rubbish bin out of sheer rage at his stubborn, mouthy, disobedient and-at-risk-of-the-dark-side apprentice, who also complained about an assignment and tried. It's a proper danger sign when Harry won't even be placated by pop culture references.
- "Fuego. Pyrofuego! Burn!"
- Also seen in the final battle in Changes, in a duel of wills between Kukulcan, the Red King, and Harry.
- The Chronicles of Nick book, Infinity had a comedic example less than four chapters in.
Death: Do. You. Want. A. Cookie?
- In Skybreaker: "Give. Me. The. Gun."
- Twilight: You. Got. Food. In. My. Hair.
- The Pillars of the Earth: Go. To. Hell.
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Oompa-Loompas during their song for Mike: "THEY... USED... TO... READ!!!"
- Sword of Truth: Remove. Your. Hands.
- Temple, by Matthew Reilly. "GET! (punch) OFF! (punch) MY! (punch) BOAT!"
- In Horus Rising. the last confirmed transition from the Blood Angels force on 140-20 was just This. World. Is. MURDER!
- In Paper Towns, Margo says to Quentin, "I. Will. Miss. Hanging. Out. With. You."
- From 1635: The Cannon Law:
Frank Stone: I — WROTE — NO — SUCH — THING!
- Happens a lot in Animorphs.
Jake: "CATCH! THAT! BUTTERFLY!"Rachel: (in a different book) "Don't. Touch. Me."
- The Princess Bride: I-AM-THE-QUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN!
- Not with punctuation marks, but toward the end of the second book of Taylor Anderson's Destroyermen series, the destroyer Walker tries towing a much larger ship to safety. That cuts their speed severely, the enemy's guns are getting the range, and they can't maneuver to dodge. The engineer tells the captain they don't have enough fuel, the Bosun tells the captain it's no use, and the captain says, "We Are Not Leaving Anyone Else Behind." Then the captain of the ship they're towing cuts the line to let Walker get away.
- From Metro 2033, when Artyom doesn't understand about Che Guevara:
'"Comrade. Ernesto. Che. Guevara." The commissar rapped the seperate syllables. "The great. Cuban. Revolutionary."'
- Tertius Fume from Septimus Heap:
'"Don't. Ever. Do. That. Again."'
- Early in Aunt Dimity: Detective, Dimity's reaction when Lori first informs her of Prunella Hooper's death, rendered in letters that take up nearly half the page: "MURDER? IN FINCH?!?"
- Fifty Shades of Grey:
"You. Are. So. Sweet," he murmurs between each thrust. "I. Want. You. So. Much."
- Punctuated Pounding of a different sort...
- Christian. Grey. Talks. Like. This. A. Lot. Usually when he wants to sound commanding (and, well, dominant). It's described as his "staccato talking" in the book.
- The Mediochre Q Seth Series:
Mediochre: "I... liked... that... hair."
- In a short story in a Warrior Cats guidebook, Pinestar reminds White-eye and Dappletail angrily that "We are from ThunderClan. We. Don't. Eat. Fish."
- THIS. IS. INTERNET! The Woman Who Made Machines Go Haywire.