Who doesn’t love a good hyperbole while reading? A couple of days ago, I was reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, Ph.D., LMSW. In one of her TED Talks, she said, “You can’t swing a cat without hitting a narcissist.” Do you know that Brene received emails reproaching her for animal abuse?! I was almost in tears as I was reading her book! Clearly, some audience members did not recognize hyperbole.
Some other great examples of hyperbole in literature are:
From Gabriel Garcia Marquez, taken from Living to Tell the Tale: “At that time Bogota was a remote, lugubrious city where an insomniac rain had been falling since the beginning of the 16th century.”
From Carl Sandburg‘s poem, The People, Yes: “It’s a slow burg — I spent a couple of weeks there one day.”
From the movie, Annie Hall: “Honey, there’s a spider in your bathroom the size of a Buick.”
Clearly, using hyperbole takes a certain type of character, or the right type of situation/scene in order to pull it off effectively. However, if done correctly, your readers will have a rollicking good time with your story.
How have you used hyperbole in your writing?