The Best Literary Devices (according to moi)

5. Pathetic Fallacy

Why?
I love when my emotions are mirrored by my surroundings- like when I come in to work on a Monday morning and my plants are droopy and depressed. Actually, it’s better when it’s the weekend, the sun is shining, birds singing in my windowsill, and a bunny is hopping past a flower patch, and I wake up with a smile on my face. But you get the picture. It’s so easy to relate to a character’s feelings or state of mind when an author uses pathetic fallacy (and bunnies) to drive the point home.

4. Verisimilitude

Why?
First of all, it’s a great word. Come to think of it, some of my favourite words start with a V: vivacious, voracious, victory.

Secondly, it pertains to the truth. Truth in literature is powerful in all its manifestations; truth to the characters, truth to the readers, the author’s truth, etc.

3. Onomatopoeia

Why?
Another fabulous word, this one is all about the sound. As someone who delights in being read to (tell me a story!), it’s fab when the sound (effects) are integrated into the story.

Bonus: Who doesn’t love a good “Zap!” “Pow!” “Bang” in their comic books?

2. Spoonerism

Why?
I am a huge fan of comedy and comedic writing, where spoonerisms most often find their homes. In real life, as much as in literature, I delight in hearing other people’s plays on words, whether they are intentional or otherwise.

1. Hyperbole

Why?
Because there is NOTHING more AWESOME than a gross exaggeration.

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