This month I had to share with you Holly’s Chin Affliction. If anything, I think the Chin Affliction is even more prevalent today.
Have you noticed how active chins are?
“She thrust her chin out”
“Her chin came up”
“She lifted her chin”
You notice all the quotes I used above reference females. The Chin Affliction is most often used to showcase a stubborn and/or independent (though IMO many times these traits are interchangeable) heroine. The hero insults her and her chin comes up to show she isn’t intimidated. She faces an unfamiliar situation and her chin comes up to show she’s unafraid. She becomes angry and her chin thrusts out in challenge.
This is something that’s bothering me more and more lately. I like to call it The Chin Affliction. It bothers me because I feel like the moving chin is often an easy way for authors to show emotion. Her chin coming up symbolizes something, which takes some pressure off the author. Plus, I don’t think I’ve ever raised my chin in my life – not when I was angry or scared or being stubborn. It strikes me as a somewhat childish gesture, and frankly it annoys me.
Have you ever even noticed The Chin Affliction? Does it bother you? Is there something else that keeps cropping up that annoys you?