So the thing that kind of bugs me in my reading material is when CHARACTERS START SPEAKING LOUDLY OR SHOUTING IT'S LIKE THIS!!!1 The whole affair is so monotone and saturated with exclamation that I sometimes find that it pulls me out of the story. But then again, I use them in my translations (JP btw) too and though rare, in a corner of my head, I feel it a necessity. So the question comes whether it's appropriate to do this. And what other methods or solutions there may be, I'd be grateful if anyone could share. Also, in general, how do you feel about all-caps, to emphasize things?