When a book is crude and explicit in its language does it make you smirk or cringe? Are there certain words that you can’t overlook and that will make you put a book down? I have been thinking about this topic ever since I read this review for Sweet Surrendering over on CeCe’s blog.
For me personally, as long as it fits with the tone of the book and isn’t done for shock value then it’s fine by me. Some words can make me laugh away to myself in a book and I don’t think I really have a shock value with it comes to words. Which is probably funny in a way as in my normal life, I don’t tend to curse or swear as a general rule. This is considered a bit odd as most people around me swear like troopers and while it doesn’t bother me in the slightest, I just choose not to. Well most of time! If aggravated enough, I can cram an impressive amount of swear words into just one sentence and can even bulk out one single word with multiple curses if the occasion demands it.
I can’t think of any one word that would make me decide not to continue reading a book. If I felt a book was all crude talk and no plot or the characters weren’t engaging me at all, then that’s a different story and that would annoy me. Sometimes I think an author just has a character spout curse words just to give a character an edge or cool vibe but that doesn’t hit the mark with me. Actions speak louder than words and are a far more effective way of getting this point across. But I would never choose to filter my books just on the language used in them. A couple of books that come to mind when I think of this topic are Tangled by Emma Right (which I loved and spent most of the night rubbing the tears of laughter out of my eyes) and Sex and Violence by Carrie Mesrobian (another one where the language used hit home the plot).
I like books that push the limits a little bit. And I’m of a similar vein of thought when it comes to explicit sex scenes. They don’t upset me and I won’t rule a book in or out just because the scenes don’t fade to black. Again I want to sex to be an integral point of the story and not just there for the sake of filling some pages with controversial hook ups. When done well, I can really enjoy getting all hot and bothered along with the main characters. And trying to tie this back to a book, the one that comes to mind is Hopeless by Colleen Hoover which I adored.
Bookish Chat : How about you? Are you easily offended by certain words or topics. Is this something you actively screen your books for?