When speaking about dialogue I’m sure many of you will agree that Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe and other great authors quickly come to mind. There are many amazing play writes, screenplays authors that come to mind when speaking about dialogue. For this post I decided to speak about a modern author that I not only admire but truly love reading her books. She’s also the author of my favorite young adult novel, Fangirl. I’m speaking about the wonderful young adult and adult contemporary novelist Rainbow Rowell. I am a complete and utter fangirl for Rowell’s work. If you’ve never read a Rainbow Rowell novel, you’re truly starving yourself of a wonderful reading experiences.
It’s easy for a fangirl like myself to say Rainbow Rowell’s literary works are amazing.
What makes Rowell’s literature work so amazing? Could it be that Rowell isn’t actually human being, but a creation of lovely words in physical form with wild unicorn hair. As magically as that would be it doesn’t answer how Rowell’s work have captured readers around the world.
For me, it’s because Rowell has a great way of creating sense through dialogue. Her characters are realistically flawed with room to develop through the novel. Dialogue is very important to any literally work, regardless a novel, news/journalism, screenplay, film, playwright, and etc. It truly gives the reader, or view an opportunity to be apart of a conversational exchange between multiple people with either theatrical depiction or subtle display. Character development, and character relationship are easily discovered through speech. This is why Rainbow Rowell fans have nicknamed her the Queen of Dialogue. Their faults are not uncharacteristic in nature that readers won’t be able to relate but rather reason why readers of all genres can find these characters relatable. Besides the design of her characters, the relationship between characters is also moving. Rowell is able to create such wonderfully moving scene just through characters speaking to one another, that you don’t feel like you’re reading a novel, instead you’re reading a playwright, or lines that should be spoken in a screen play. That’s how fluent the dialogue between characters are.
“I didn’t know love could leave the lights on all the time. Do you know what I mean?”
“I thought it took more naps. Or blinked. I didn’t know it could just go on and on and like this without falling off an edge. Like pi.”
“What kind of pie?”
“Lincoln? Are you asleep?
“I didn’t know someone could love me like this,” she said. “Could love me and love me and love without…needing space.”
“There’s no air in space.”
Rowell Rowell has an incredible way of creating such passionate, heartfelt dialogue between characters that you don’t turn care about the fact that you’ve read nearly 300 plus pages of dialogue. This is surely the case when reading Rainbow Rowell’s lovely novel “Attachment”, set in the late 1990’s culture hideous of the Y2K technology fever. This is where we meet the characters Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scriber-Snyder, who don’t realize that the new tech guy, Lincoln, is monitoring their every work through the company email. Lincoln, knows he should send both co-workers a firm stern warning about them using company emails for social time, however their dialogue is so entertaining, delightful, and down right hilarious that readers, along with Lincoln, can’t help be read fall in love with Beth and Jennifer.
In my opinion this is what makes Rainbow Rowell such an amazing author, she does not tell her readers why they should love this character, but rather allow the characters themselves to be the reason why readers should fall in love with them. Rowell has a wonderful talent of allowing her character to speak for themselves to other characters but also to readers as well.
Here is a wonderful example of how Rainbow Rowell is able to create such diverse voices within her characters dialogue through syntax and tone. The voices of Jen and Beth are so different, especially during their email conversation that you can easily hear voices of the character change without Rowell telling you whose speaking. Here is an example of just that:
“<> It’s nice of you to say I’m your best friend.
<> You are my best friend, dummy.
<> Really? You are my best friend. But I always assumed that somebody else was your best friend, and I was totally okay with that. You don’t have to say that I’m your best friend just to make me feel good.
<> You’re so lame.
<> That’s why I figured somebody else was your best friend.”
Since, Attachment is written in the late 1990’s early 2000’s it’s really hard to believe that this time period could be concern a different cultural time, but it truly is. I had the misfortune of explaining to my 11 year old nephew what a VHS and a VCR are, and why it’s not called VHS and VHS-Player. But the 90’s is a culture time point, it just don’ts feel like it because we keep thinking of it being a time not to long ago when in reality it was very much 26 years ago. I feel that it’s just a great novel to reflect back on to the past. It’s a wonderful real, from my favorite author. I truly hope you pick it up and read it soon.
Best of Wishes