Major Character Trait Annoyance!


This is more of a rant, so if you’re looking for advice, you can skip this post.

Have you ever seen or read about a character that at some point in the story encounters an issue that he was neither the cause of nor at fault with… yet when he’s confronted, he says nothing… for no apparent reason?

It’s especially frustrating when the person who confronted him later finds out that the character wasn’t at fault… but for some reason doesn’t ask why that character didn’t tell him the truth.

In cases where the character is standing up for, or defending, someone else, it’s understandable. However in other cases where there is no logical reason for it, the character keeps his mouth shut, thus incurring the wrath for something s/he isn’t guilty of.

So my question is why? Why does a character do this? All the writer accomplishes by having their character do this is getting the audience mad and making them yell at the screen/book saying, “What are you doing? Defend yourself! It wasn’t your fault!”

Am I missing something here? Let me know in the comments.


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4 thoughts on “Major Character Trait Annoyance!

  1. anilaheartland says:

    This is such a pet peeve of mine. I’ve been known to chuck the book across the room from time to time, especially if it’s something really stupid. The only time I’ll accept it is when it’s obvious they’re doing it to protect someone they love as a way to move the story forward.


  2. Laura Beth says:

    I’m with you – That really bothers me! I’ve done the exact same thing as you. My poor husband has given me the strangest looks!


    • StCyril says:

      The worst example I’ve ever seen is Jaws. It REALLY takes me out of the movie. The scene were Mrs. Kintner smacks Sheriff Brody and blames him for his son’s death because he knew about the shark and let people go swimming anyway…
      EXCEPT HE DIDN’T!!!! He tried to close the beach and was overruled by that scumbag mayor next to him! Every time I see that movie, I want to scream at the TV screen ‘WHY DON’T YOU DEFEND YOURSELF!? YOU DID NOTHING WRONG!!!’


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