I love learning and writing. There is one aspect of writing that is more fun than a barrel full of monkeys. Using Hyperbole.
Hyperbole is to make a point using extreme exaggeration. It’s also a fun word to say.
If I were writing non-fiction I wouldn’t be using hyperbole. They are generally used in fiction and media. They can add humor and character to a story. However, as with all good things, moderation is key.
Like metaphors and simile’s, hyperboles are comparisons, however they are ostentatious in nature even ridiculous. It’s not recommended to take them literally or one might find the scenario quite hilarious.
Using hyperboles in literature shows contrasts. One thing is described with an over-statement and the other is presented normally. This is a catchy technique used to keep the reader reading. For example, “He’s as skinny as a toothpick.” The overstatement is the toothpick and the normal is him being skinny. “He is skinny.” Works just fine, but its more entertaining to add “as a toothpick.”
Bringing a boring section of story to life with a hyperbole is fun.
Here are some examples
I’ve said it a thousand times.
I’m so hungry I could eat a cow.
I have a bazillion things to get done.
I have a ton of work to finish.
His breath was so bad it knocked me over.
I think those make it clear.
So how about an example? Okay since you insist.
Amber stood before the full length mirror naked. She poked at her still flat tummy and pouted. “I’m going to get as fat as a whale.”
Dale looked her over from head to toe. “What do you mean going to?”
She laughed, grabbed a purple pillow and threw it at his head. “Jerk.”
“You could put some meat on, your nothing but skin and bones.” He tossed the pillow back.
“I swear Dale you’re dumb as a stump sometimes.” She squealed as he grabbed her by the waist and tickled her ribs. “Stop, stop I give in.” She laughed and fell back on the bed pulling him with her. “I’m glad your not boring and tease me.”
Dale leered at her breasts. “Oh I’ll tease you all right.” His wicked grin made her try to get away unsuccessfully.
I probably wouldn’t put that much into one conversation, but that was kinda fun. I know I use hyperboles regularly. Not so often, it’s annoying but there are times when a character is flustered or excited and spouts one out. I don’t know if I use them in narrative… I might have to check that.
My advice about Hyperboles.
Why not use one to spice up a statement so boring it put the entire world to sleep.
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