This is something that's been bothering me a little bit. When you've got a group of characters, make 7 or 8 together, and they're observing something, how do you go about deciding who's going to "comment"? Do you randomly assign little comments about what's happening, or do you have some kind of deeper process regarding who's going to say what. So for example a group of characters are walking down a corridor and an inactive robot "crashes" randomly through a gap in a wall. Comments like "what the hell?" or "It almost looks like a person" get thrown around (it's just an example.) If you were writing this, would you just give those comments to whoever? I try to match the character's personalities to the stuff they'll comment on. However in reality anybody can comment on something (and their personality determines how they might comment; in shock, in indifference, whatever). So it just seems to me as being something that is chosen at random. Thoughts? Do you stick somebody's name to ambient comments at random? Or is there some kind of pattern you try and use?