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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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Post by soccerts » 05 Feb 2019, 21:16

Izesicle wrote:
04 Aug 2017, 15:22
I never agree with censorship so I don't think bad language should be banned from books. Besides, the potty mouths in real life are reflected in the bad language in books so it's the other way around.
This is my exact take on it. I personally never swear, but I strongly disagree with the censorship of art. If it serves a purpose, taking it away lessens the value and integrity of the piece.

Now, with freedoms come consequences. Using more adult language, for example, may diminish the demographic audience who would enjoy the book. That's totally fair. But having a specific story to tell is really not a bad thing in my estimation.

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Post by Delaney35 » 14 Feb 2019, 11:02

I don't think authors should have to worry about strong language. However, it should be used in appropriate places. If strong language is just thrown in "just because" it loses its value. When used to enhance character or value it is fine.

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Post by Josephe-Anne » 02 Oct 2019, 15:36

I don't see why books should be censored. People swear and use suggestive language in real life and in movies sometimes. As such, it is something we often encounter; it can be difficult to avoid. I don't believe strong language in books will encourage "potty mouths." A person's upbringing and social norms will influence how he/she speaks more than a book will. However, excessive cursing is unnecessary and unpleasant.
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Post by nicole-adrianne » 11 Oct 2019, 06:40

I agree that an overuse of profane language can deaden the impact that it has on the story, plot or character. Many people do talk like that in real life, which makes it realistic, but at the same time it doesn't make for the most enjoyable reading. Since writing is an art, a character's speech should be carefully crafted, and using the same curses frequently leaves me feeling like I ate an over-salted dinner.

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