This weeks vlog is all about dialogue. It is hugely important in a novel because it can serve many, many functions for the storyteller and the reader. For example, it can be used to show us what kind of person a character is, how educated they are, the mood they’re in, their emotions and can also be used to deceive both the other characters and a reader.

‘Talk, whether ugly or beautiful, is an index of character.’ Stephen King, On Writing

Clever use of dialogue not only does this, but is also able to advance the story and unlike a normal conversation, must only be present in a novel if it is essential to the story or for characterisation. Here are some of the best examples that we have found.