I was discussing writing with one of my work groups in college and this one girl said that the use of adverbs are redundant and are should only be used when necessary. She took a Craft of Fiction class last semester where she learned that. However, I was slightly appalled. Redundant? Adverbs are awesome, they let the reader know how something was said or done.While I understand that instead of using 'gingerly walked' you could use 'tiptoed', but what about when speaking? "Go to hell." James said defiantly. "Go to hell." James said jokingly. Three different ways of saying something. If I accepted this girls insight would I just write: "Go to hell," James said, scowling at the man. "Go to hell," James said with a smile on his face, clearly jesting. I guess after looking at the two, the second example seems more detailed and a better choice. Any thoughts supporting this logic? Against?