Strong Language in Books?

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Re: Strong Language in Books?

Post by Lolo Skyooz » 17 May 2018, 21:46

It seems obvious to me that if a character needs to curse to get their point across, it can serve purposes of character development and can also communicate an emotional reaction in a medium (books) which doesn't have the benefit of visual signals of emotion. Cursing can also be a function of the author's voice, and a clear signal as to what type of audience the author intends to write for. I think that if cursing offends some readers, of course, they have a right to make their distaste for that kind of thing known in their reviews. But so often you see these people literally pitching a hissy fit in their reviews, as though bad language somehow affects them in a way that amounts to a personal affront between them and the author. If bad language is that offensive to someone, they should probably stick to reading classic literature and books for children as they must take personal responsibility for their own emotions.

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Post by LaurenHaupt » 29 Jul 2018, 10:42

I don't mind a little bit. If there are cus words in every sentence it just makes the book sound trashy.

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Post by Joyziee » 28 Nov 2018, 11:54

Using of strong language in books is somewhat kind of normal nowadays. Most of the readers are already adults. And, the cover page and the title is inviting when it comes to an adult.

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Post by Theresam » 18 Dec 2018, 11:52

sophiemer642 wrote:
03 Aug 2017, 18:54
In the book, "The Expansion" by Christoph Martin, suggestive language is used in the book.

Should authors be restricted from using bad language in books?

Do you think explicit language in books encourages the increase of potty mouths?
I think too much suggestive language takes away from the story but I think it depends on the character - sometimes language reflects the way the character thinks or speaks and then I don’t mind it as long as it’s not excessive. Not that I am offended as much as I think it takes away from the story

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