Views on profanity

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Post by Jennifer Fernandez »

Profanity is just an extension of our language. It keeps the book real. In my opinion, it doesn't have that much profanity.
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Post by mac83 »

I didn't feel like there was an overuse of profanity in the book. I've read other books with a lot more. I think I would rather just have the words there than the asterisk though.
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Post by HollandBlue »

It's okay once in a while, but I don't like it when it's used a lot. It seemed okay in 'Final Notice' to me.
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Post by jjmainor »

Profanity didn't stick out to me. As an author, usage depends on what kind of feel you're going with for the book, and how young of a reader you want to lure into your story.

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Post by Theresam »

I think profanity is realistic as long as it’s not over used. Sometimes I think it takes away from the story but is realistic when attributed to a character and their way of speaking

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Post by Tzara Drusak »

The inclusion of asterisks for me would detract from the whole point of the message I assume you're trying to transmit. What I appreciated about Final Notice was its basic lack of censorship - it being loud and attention-grabby with the details of the scenes and whatnot. Not saying that profanities are an instrumental part of making a book 'good' or reducing the alleged boring quality that some books inevitably have, but I feel that the aggressive undertone aids in expressing the brutality of reality and abuse concerning guns and all that that the novel pounced on.
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Post by Robby Chandra »

dirty words must be omitted in the book, because this does not educate the right, maybe some people do not mind but there are some people who object to dirty words!

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Post by DakotaA »

I personally don't mind profanity in literature, but I understand what it might do to your range of target audience. I suppose just make it realistic and appropriate to the character's personality.
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Post by labibliofile »

As long as profanity displays what the character is feeling at the moment and is not used unnecessarily and excessively, I think it should be fine. However, using asterisks seem pointless unless you have censorship issues.
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Post by Renu G »

I was concerned about some of the words and phrases when I read the book. I felt they were disrespectful to the dignity of some of the characters and could have been avoided.

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Post by Atara Miles »

A lot of readers complain about profanity. I feel that as long as it fits the scenario, it has its place. I wouldn't expect a group of God-fearing dutiful churchgoers to be cursing up a storm but if I find my characters in a dingy bar full of drunken louts with high tempers I wouldn't be too surprised. Given the fact that the central focus of the book is gun related which has a lot of diverse opinions and beliefs, one would expect there to be at least one or two chapters with profanity. I didn't see where they were just randomly inserted simply for the shock value and seemed like a decent amount to me.

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Post by Namaste23 »

I don't think you need to use asterisks. Your characters are expressing themselves. It doesn't bother me at all.

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