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Jan 20, 2014

M.E. Monday RANT #44: F-Bombs and Other Disturbing Elements in Literature


I love curse words. But that's no secret to anyone who knows me.

I enjoy them in real life and in literature. There's nothing better than a well-placed f-bomb to get the point across, and I know at least half of you are awesome and agree with me. The other half...yeah, I don't really know what to think of you guys yet.

When it comes to literature, I believe curse words have their place. They are most often used by characters with uninhibited lifestyles who don't give a damn about social acceptance or to portray that character as disturbed, troubled, mean, a douchebag, whatever. To me, this is perfectly fine. It's realistic. I believe way more than half of the population in real life curse on a daily basis. Maybe not with f-bombs, but with some sort of terminology unacceptable in a public setting. I don't get it. Readers are always complaining about books not being realistic, then complain about profanity, sex, and violence in the plots.

That's all a part of reality, people! I'm starting to think you don't really know what you want at all. You just want to complain.

Now mind you, I'm NOT a fan of senseless cursing for no reason. If I'm reading a book, I don't expect every other word a character says to be a curse word, I don't care what kind of character the author is trying to portray. Nobody on Earth curses THAT much. 

Like I said, there's a place for profanity in books. The key is finding the BEST places to throw them in that will have the strongest impact on the reader. Be selective. Make that f-bomb really count!

This goes for sex, too. If the book isn't erotica, why am I reading about the characters getting their freak on, on every other page?

I understand that sex is a part of love. But that's just it. It's a PART of love, and some books tend to base the entire relationship of the characters on sex and try to convince us that it's love. Sorry. Not buying it.

However, those that cringe away from sex in Romance books are strange individuals in my eyes. If you think that sex is some private thing that only you know about and should be kept behind closed doors in the dark, then you shouldn't read Romance novels. Period

Sure, there are some clean Romance books out there where both of the lovers are perfect and decent and use the term "dagnabbit" to express their honest frustrations, but I for damn sure don't want to read any of them. But there's a market for these books, I guess. I just wonder how big it is.

Violence and brutality are other elements that get readers all riled up. First, I think a good number of books offer a disclaimer when it comes to the violence factor, though admittedly, some don't. Then, sometimes you have to use your brain...cuz that's what it's there for.

If there are swords, guns, or fangs involved, there will be blood and/or death. Prepare yourself for it or put the damn book down. I hate when I read reviews and the reviewer says something like, 

"Oh my good gracious! The violence! I didn't expect that at all!"

What the hell you mean? The book was about VAMPIRES!

Then there are those touchy subjects like brutality against women or children. I'm with you all the way there. I don't read books about domestic or child abuse. A line has to be drawn somewhere, and for me, this is it, I don't care how realistic it is. Doesn't mean I don't think it has a place in literature. It most certainly does. Just not on my bookshelf.

What do you think about profanity, sex and violence in literature?

1 comment:

  1. Awesome post! Funny, and with a lot to think about.


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