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Saturday, March 5, 2011

10 pages of description: run!

One of the things I absolutely hate reading are paragraphs and paragraphs of uninterrupted description. It bores me to death and makes me lose all interest in reading the book. On the other hand, pages and pages of dialogue with no description doesn't really work either but to be honest, sometimes I would pick nonstop dialogue over nonstop description.

In Jane Eyre, there's a passage at the beginning of the book that takes pages to describe a red room that contains nothing other than a red chair. It blows me away how the author herself didn't fall asleep while writing it.

Last night, I sat down to read some of Dress Rehearsal (by Jennifer O'Connell) but spent 2 chapters reading nothing other than the MC's internal thoughts about whether she made the right choice letting her ex-boyfriend move to DC without her. I was ready to shoot myself after one chapter.

2 comments:

The Beaver

Oh god, shoot me if I ever resort to endless description. That is just DEATH DEATH DEATH.
Same here, I pick nonstop dialogue over nonstop descp any day.

pattieloves

hehe yeah...sometimes i read like a few pages of description, and im like ugh where's the dialogue. then i flip pages ahead and see dialogue, and i keep reading so i can get to it.

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