Definition: marked by economy and good management
Characters in Literature: Marilla Cuthbert (Anne of Green Gables), Dicey Tillerman (Homecoming), Mrs. Weasley
Common Portrayals: the elderly, accountants, bankers, single parents
Clichés to Avoid: the elderly woman with no bank account but thousands of dollars stuffed in mattresses and cookie jars around her house; the crotchety gajillionnaire who has scads of money but no joy and no one to share life with; the single mom that counts every penny and goes without so her children can have what they want (while this is a real and admirable character in the real world, it’s has been done a lot in fiction; utilize with care)
Twists on the Traditional Thrifty Character:
- Thriftiness is a usually a characteristic that goes back to a person’s childhood or a specific event/time period. What about a wasteful person who must become thrifty in order to accomplish a certain goal?
- Thrifty characters are so often portrayed as stingy. Twist the cliché by making your Thrifty generous and unselfish.
- Make things difficult for your character by surrounding him with extravagant characters.
- Make thriftiness a negative trait in society–something your character has to overcome, rather than something to strive for.
Build a worthy protagonist with a mix of unique strengths that will help him overcome obstacles and achieve meaningful goals.
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