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27 May 2006 @ 12:17 am
Three little ... things you do with calculators. And hole-punches. Yeah, that.  
I may not have ever mentioned it before, but I really hate reading swear words in prose. I mean really hate. I can take an entire dialogue composed of obscenities, but there are far too many adjectives and nouns in the world to subjugate all of them to fuck/ing, shit/ing and ... I dno. Whatever the rest are.

'Or something' can seriously mess up the balance of a sentance, especially if one is trying to be humorous. Just a word out to those who feel they need it to 'casual up' a sentance. Humour is dead serious, man.

I'm sick of writing porn. Back to PG-13 for me. Or at least, back to intent, because it was so much more fun.

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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: I aen't dedscoradh on May 27th, 2006 11:32 am (UTC)
That isn't quite the same thing (to my mind). If you're writing a character looking on a situation then it's quite understandable to let their emotions filter through. It's the carelessness I don't like -- describing a place as a shit-hole, or using fucking as an adjective instead of something more specifically descriptive. Swear words convey emotion, not description. So using them as description is what bugs me. Yes. Wish I was that coherent last night.

I do it myself -- it's like 'BOOM BOOM' after a joke to make sure everyone's got it. Sort of protective mechanism. But we're allowed to be subtle!

I am transfixed by the Angry Chewing.
Insufferable, man.: elfgunscynicalpirate on May 26th, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC)
Whatever the rest are.

You are truly an innocent.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: writingscoradh on May 27th, 2006 11:15 am (UTC)
Certified, baby.
muchspork on May 26th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
i hate first-person fics, especially when people try and fail to do draco.

moocowmisconstrue on May 26th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
I am irrationally biased against them too. I guess it was one too many goth!anyone stories. XD

Sometimes characters just ... start swearing. I've become more conscious of it though and stop whenever a 4 letter slips out to go: is this really necessary for the character?

I feel porn to be a little overrated at the moment too, but you know, not always. :B
muchspork on May 27th, 2006 12:43 am (UTC)
i agree about the swearing, and the porn... well, my fondness for it kind of goes with the oestrogen, really ;)

oh, and i hate it when there are inconcsistent authorial inserts, and also when, even when authorial comments are consistent, you can tell the author is 14 yrs old and goes to a middle-american middle school. pah!

every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on May 27th, 2006 11:35 am (UTC)
I've never read a first-person fic in fandom. I don't mind first-person stories, so I don't imagine I'd have a bias against them. Then again, the shlock in this fandom could put anyone off anything.
muchspork on May 27th, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC)
exactly. i'm a bit wary of all first-person fiction, fan or otherwise, because of badfic in the fandom.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Not impressedscoradh on May 28th, 2006 11:33 am (UTC)
O fandom! How you corrupt us!
Ian Anonphysixxx on May 26th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC)
even if it's first-person from a drunken sailor?
jehnt: misc - warning - radioactivejehnt on May 27th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
I haven't, to my knowledge, come across swearing outside of dialogue (thank god for small favors, eh?) but what really annoys me is characters who canonically seem like they WOULDN'T swear unless it was an EXTREME situation just swearing casually. Like Hermione being like, "do your fucking homework, Ronald!" even though she's not supposed to be more agitated than usual. Or any Weasley swearing in front of Molly. It just always makes me go "wha?"
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: boykissscoradh on May 28th, 2006 11:26 am (UTC)
That is due to two equally heinous factors:

1) Poor characterisation/poor recognition of what constitutes these characters' characters (more appropriate to fanfic)

2) Allowing your own habits and mannerisms to permeate your writing.

I'm guilty of the last to an extensive degree, but that has more to do with storyline than speech. Ergo, I don't think so many people have picked up on it ... heehee.