Strong Language in Books?

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Post by Toshia » 22 Oct 2017, 13:42

I don't believe books should be censored. If you were walking down the street and someone was cursing you could ask them to stop, but you can't force them to. You wouldn't be able to tell someone, "I restrict your choice of vocabulary!" So, why do it to an author? You may not be able to block out what you HEAR around you, but you have every right to put down the book if the reader objects.

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Post by gaporter » 22 Oct 2017, 13:59

Language should not be restricted in books, of course, but I think the use of "bad" language should be appropriate in the book's context and feel organic in the dialogue. In the case of The Expansion, a lot of the language seemed kind of thrown in just for the sake of being "edgy".

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Post by CommMayo » 26 Oct 2017, 19:41

I thing having strong language in a book is important if it is appropriate and pertinent. Cursing for the sake of cursing is a bad thing in novels as well as life, but strong language for emphasis or proper character development adds to the reader's experience and understanding.

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Post by Cheshire » 05 Nov 2017, 02:09

I personally find strong language appealing. However, it depends on the portrayal of the characters. In certain situations, using foul language is necessary to express one's hatred or feelings to show it to the readers.

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Post by Lincolnshirelass » 07 Nov 2017, 08:31

There are characters and situations where not using strong language would simply be silly and not believable. Having said that, some writers (and some films) just seem to use strong language (especially the F-word) as a form of punctuation or oral tic. That's really not clever and twelve-year olds on a school bus can do it.
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Post by thisisfinal213 » 09 Nov 2017, 11:57

I do think bad language should be restricted. Because it irritates the readers and waste their time and such writers are not good one or chosen one .....

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Post by inaramid » 15 Dec 2017, 03:32

Explicit language should be there for a reason. If the character is someone who'd really talk that way, then it's justified. It brings a little more "flavor" to the character's personality.

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Post by roua_o » 02 Jan 2018, 20:34

I feel like sometimes strong language is needed to make the book feel more real, if the characters don't use strong language especially when they're angry it seems not relatable and as readers we don't connect with the book

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