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tripping 6293026_sK: Klutz

We all like a little slapstick now and then. Imagine the world without The Three Stooges or Bugs Bunny! I like to read and write about people who are a little accident-prone on occasion. Not complete nincompoops, but people who have a natural tendency to be a klutz, especially when they’re nervous.

I wrote a shy, nervous and clumsy psychiatrist in Psyched Out my little novelette (99 cents at Smashwords and Amazon). And I wrote another mishap magnet in Correcting Kathy, wherein a young college coed spills her way into the heart of a handsome professor.

How do you feel about clumsy characters? Do they make you laugh, or do they make you roll your eyes with annoyance?

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  1. I relate to clumsy characters, but there’s a point where it gets to be too much! i do agree with the comm enters who love Janet Evanovich, although her character is more horribly unlucky than clumsy per say.

  2. Kathy Heare Watts

    Clumsy kiutz characters remind us that we are all human!

  3. I love slap stick comedy! I love Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series for this exact reason!

  4. I have to admit, clumsy characters are a big pet peeve of mine. All these ladies who start stumbling over themselves because their object of affection enters the room? Not a fan! I understand the impulse to write that character (I’m not the most graceful in a pair of heels, for sure), but it’s such a cliché – especially if the woman is otherwise powerful and in control of her life, and seems to have to be klutzy in order to make her seem approachable to this dude.

    Hey, I’m all for reversing the balance of power, but does it also have to take the heroine down a notch in the process? I feel like most times the woman could just admit she is clueless in this dude’s given area of expertise in order to shift the power, rather than having her literally fall into his lap. But then again, it does depend on the scene. Typically, though, it has me rolling my eyes more than getting ready for some big kiss.

  5. Well since my dad used to call me Princess Grace I guess I feel a companionship to those klutzy characters.

  6. I don’t think I’ve ever written a character who was klutzy. I might take that characteristic and tuck it away for future reference. 🙂 But I do like some slapstick–Dick Van Dyke was a favorite. But I think the klutzy character is very popular, especially with YA audiences because they can relate to them so easily. I believe a lot of the popularity of the Twilight series was its heroine was a klutz who had both the hot vampire and hot werewolf after her. Kind of makes you want to be klutzy if that’s the reward. 🙂 Another great letter, Trish!

  7. I love slapstick, like Laurel and Hardy. Dick Van Dyke is and was a master at playing a klutz. I’ve had my own moments being a klutz. I once had a bees nest on my balcony. I went out with a bucket of water, a straw broom, newspaper and matches. I lit the paper and placed them on the broom to smoke them out, the broom caught on fire, I tried to put the paper in the bucket of water, knocked it over, the broom handle broke the window and the bucket fell off the balcony after splashing me with the water. I called maintance to fix the window and to knock down the nest.

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