Thursday, May 27, 2010
Characters and Their Hats
"...it was the kind of hat that would be worn by someone who not only thought but also came to conclusions of an important and vital kind."
~Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys
The right hat complements a character. It gives the reader a clue to the inner workings of that character. Will the little freckled lad shove a baseball cap on his head before running outside to play? Is the femme fatale's satin cocktail hat black or maybe even purple? Is Curious George's human companion the man in a big yellow hat?
Aside from all the characterization-useful-writing device mumbo jumbo, hats are super fun! Don't forget, readers want to have a little fun. Douglas Adams' detective character, Dirk Gently, habitually wears a round dark red hat with a very flat brim.
"As a hat it was a remarkable rather than entirely successful piece of personal decoration. It would make an elegant adornment, stylish, shapely and flattering, if the wearer were a small bedside lamp, but not otherwise." ~Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency