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Quotes: Flat Character


There are five children in this book:
AUGUSTUS GLOOP, a greedy boy;
VERUCA SALT, a girl who is spoiled by her parents;
VIOLET BEAUREGARDE, a girl who chews gum all day long;
MIKE TEAVEE, a boy who does nothing but watch television;

"I don't have a personality matrix so much as a personality vector."

"You have me all wrong. I'm more than just the same joke over and over again—you're thinking of Toot."

On works

"The first fat L'il Riverdale character we meet is named Fatty! And their nickname for him is Fatso! There's no biting analogy for something like that — when you're a writer and you name your fat character Fatty, that's like a writer naming his fat character Fatty. It's the absolute minimum of human thought ever put into the creation of a thing. If the author named him Somename Whenlunch, it wouldn't be any lazier. "

"Sure, I make fun of Dennis the Menace, particularly when it comes to Dennis’s lack of menacing, but if there’s one thing I really respect about it, it’s that Mr. Wilson has never stopped being angry, has never softened into a likable character. His trademark single bead of anger-sweat is here, but his hands are also clenching into fists — not because he plans to hit anybody, because Mr. Wilson is not at heart a violent man, but because his whole body is just clenching up involuntarily at the thought of so many naps ruined. So is he going to die of a massive coronary event, and soon? Yes, probably! But he will have never compromised his truest self."

"The meat of the plot, such as it is, is that the football coach of Diversity University Ironton has dropped by to scout Westview's long-suffering coach and reformed high school bully, Bull Bushka.

[Tom] Batiuk named the bully 'Bull.' I know."
Chris Sims on Funky Winkerbean

"Finally confirming that she is stark staring bollocking mad, Tegan suggests going back to save Adric. Tegan is the embodiment of the ‘wants what she can’t have’ individual, she has spent the whole season arguing, bitching and beating up Adric and now he is gone she says she will miss him. In the same vein she has made such a fuss about reaching Heathrow, and when they finally make it, she bursts into tears at the thought of being left behind by the Doctor and Nyssa. What the hell? Is it that she just likes a moan? I can only come to the conclusion that she will never be pleased. Go with me here because I'm going to sound a little loony tunes myself, but I am starting to wish that JNT had let Janet Fielding play herself as Tegan rather than forcing her into the characterisation as decreed by Eric Saward and his merry band of writers. It is clear from the commentaries, featurettes and behind the scenes extras over at Big Finish that she is a witty, observant and enjoyable woman to spend time with — the complete opposite of the character that she was shaped into on this show. JNT obviously saw some of those qualities in Janet Fielding and then proceeded to let his script editor stamp them all out over three years. It's devastating. Fielding comments that Tegan has a personality but not a character and that is an extremely intelligent observation and not something I had thought of before."

"Everyone else in the movie can be summed up entirely by two-word descriptions. Danny Glover is: BLACK PRESIDENT. George Segal is: OLD DAD. Oliver Platt is: ASSHOLE BUREAUCRAT. Beatrice Rosen is: HOT WHORE. One of Cusack's kids still wets herself at age seven, an endearing character quirk until we realize that it's her defining characteristic. In fact, as the camera pulls back through the clouds to bring us the end credits, we get: 'No more pull-ups!' she proudly tells a smiling Cusack. I forgot this was a plot point until she capped off the survival of humanity by reminding us of mankind's real victory: bladder control."
Cracked on 2012

"The mother's internal conflict over marrying off her daughter in exchange for her happiness could've made her a more interesting character. Same goes for [Hockley]. He could've easily been portrayed as a kind of sad, lonely rich guy. Maybe he spent his whole life acquiring his fortune and didn't have time for love. He could be awkward and kinda inconsiderate 'cause he doesn't know how to treat a woman. But at his core he didn't have to be evil — and certainly not try to murder anyone... The real villain in the film should've been the iceberg. Conversely, Jack [Dawson's] only detriment is that he litters."

This is another movie where all the characters should be named after their stereotype. So Hunky Protagonist is trying to be the ace of the squadron, but Grizzled Vet with a Heart of Gold keeps ragging on him. So Hunky becomes close friends with his fellow squad mates Burn Out, Dead Meat,Religious Stereotype, Sir Not Appearing in this Film, and Has no Dialog but is a Really Close Friend...Honest.
Miles Antwiler on Flyboys (2006)

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