Sooo... I've been wanting to write this blog post for a WHILE now, but due to my lazy-ness (or rather, lack of blogging enthusiasm) as of late, I have not done so.
But, dear readers, in an attempt to draw you back to the life of ME (haha), I've decided to finally buckle down and post another entry, just so that I can rant for a tad bit on something I've noticed lately... and I'll bet you're just dying to find out what it is, aren't you?
...[Its okay, you can lie to me]...
Heehee. ANYWAY, I've noticed, dear bibliophiles, that authors have a tenancy... wait for it:
Don't worry, its totally subtle, though.
Because, of course, if pages were filled with redundancies, we--as bibliophiles--would all throw our books down, and stomp on them in outrage! (Or maybe not). Point is, I didn't even notice many of these redundancies until I started LISTENING to audio books. Which--as a total side note--I resisted for the longest time, because it just wasn't ink and paper gosh darn it!
But I finally caved. (Its amazing what a long commute to work will drive you to do!)
And what I noticed from LISTENING to a book, rather than READING, is that authors totally use favoritism in their word choices. For example.... Brandon Sanderson? He loves the word petulant. Like, a LOT. Julie Kagawa? "Her blood turned cold" or "Her blood turned ice." Seriously, its all over the Immortal Rules. Nancy Drew? Novice. And then there is the word cacophony, which I'm beginning to loathe, because too many writers use it... and my ears and eyes have been assaulted by this word so many times now, it's not even clever. Just irritating.
Sometimes I wonder, though, if writers even REALIZE they're doing this...
I suspect not.
I feel like its some kind of cardinal rule for Writing 101... the high law of the literary class: Don't be redundant! You'll bore your reader! You know, that kinda thing?
Actually, now that I think about it, its probably a striving for creativity and uniqueness that actually draws writers to use these particular words in the first place! I can just see them typing away on their lap tops, mulling over the possible word choices for LOUD NOISES.... "Aha!"--they say--"I shall use CACOPHONY instead!"
Doh! *slaps forehead*
Then again, who am I to judge? I probably have my own list of oober annoying words and phrases that drive my readers nuts-o. Words I habitually cling to in my moments of writer's block crises.
Like saying "oober" instead of "uber," which drives my ultra-Gernamny-inclined-Auntie absolutely batty.
How about you, dear readers... Do YOU have any near-and-dear, overly-used favorite words?
P.s. Also, you should all read this book. Because it's fabulous:
A life-sucking, productivity-quashing, page turner? Yes. But fabulous all the same.