Characters as flimsy as paper
Paper-doll characters are those so shallow they don’t seem real. They are the ones given the bare minimum of soul, just a surface skim of who they are – no individual quirkiness.
These are the characters where you’re left thinking they are as thin as paper without the rich layering *thinking of chocolate cake* that makes them come alive.
Clogging up the story
Some paper-dolls do have descriptions, sometimes realms of information about their looks, what they are wearing and their day-to-day activities. But unless these are vital for the storyline it’s just useless information adding unnecessary weight and clogging up the story.
Paper doll characters are a mortal sin for books
Paper-doll characters are a mortal sin for books. A sure-fire way to fail. These are the books usually either marked DNF (did not finish) or given a low rating. They are the ones that don’t stay in the mind of the reader nor on their bookshelves.
For more bookish pet peeves see The Things I Wish Authors (and Publishers) Knew
What do you think? I’d love to hear from you!