"Bronze-colored hair?" You mean the color you don't want to win in the Olympics?
Her only flaw is she's too wonderful.
Writing in dialect is difficult. Getting dialogue to sound right is difficult...JUST DON'T WRITE OUT HOW LITTLE KIDS TALK, OKAY?
How to make the outcome of a love triangle more clear: make one of the love interests a rapist.
I wasn't going to write about this, but I changed my mind because I'm outraged. I'm not sure if there's a cultural difference at play--maybe it's a Mormon thing--because I can't imagine parents in the United States who would actually do this to their child. In the original Pride and Prejudice, Lizzie rejects the odious Mr.… Continue reading TERRIBLE PROSE TUESDAY: Boundaries
Love triangles are a fixture of many romances. I have mixed feelings about them, but I have no problem with another character posing an obstacle to the main love story, especially if it's done well (see Clockwork Prince.) As this book is a modern-day retelling of Pride and Prejudice, it's only fitting that the heroine of Jenni James' Pride… Continue reading TERRIBLE PROSE TUESDAY: Obvious villain is obvious
Dear Janna Nickerson: I will leave you alone soon. I promise. But not today. I'm not here to poke fun at the death of a parent. I don't think losing both parents in the same day is funny. I do think in many stories it's unnecessary and only serves to up the angst quotient. In… Continue reading TERRIBLE PROSE TUESDAY: Death by plot necessity
I should stop picking on Janna Nickerson. There are other terrible books out there. It's just that Eyes of War has given me so much material. Today's passage has bits of entertaining silliness, but I found myself actually angry while rereading it. For some reason, Ms. Nickerson doesn't seem to understand how plurals work. Unless they meld together… Continue reading TERRIBLE PROSE TUESDAY: That’s what editing’s for
Know what I like? Foreshadowing. Without foreshadowing, a writer's twists can come out of nowhere and make about as much sense (see: "Frozen"). If you're going to drop a huge bomb later on in the story, it's best to drop little hints before it happens. Or, you could do what Janna Nickerson does, and make… Continue reading TERRIBLE PROSE TUESDAY: Father was acting very suspiciously
No video this week, as well as no book. Time for something a bit different, namely complaining about terrible lyrics!! Hurray! I'm disappointed in Andy Grammer. I bought his first album in 2011 and loved it, even if certain songs of his haven't aged well. Grammer dropped "Honey, I'm Good" in October of last year,… Continue reading TERRIBLE PROSE TUESDAY: Honey, I’m good