Thursday, February 5, 2015

Bête Noire: Excessive Phonetics

I'm sure we've all read books where the dialogue of certain characters is spelled phonetically how they speak, e.g. dropping 'g's from words ending in '-ing'. That's okay. What's not okay is when every word a character speaks is spelled phonetically, or WORST OF ALL, when the whole book is written in such a manner. 

If I can't tell what the words are as I'm reading them, I am not going to bother reading the book. 


  1. Agreed! Though I did read Their Eyes Were Watching God last year, and most of the speech is written like that and it didn't bother me. It definitely slowed down the reading but it also added so much to the story. I think it really depends how it's done, and whether it actually adds to the book or just takes away from it. Anyway, good post :)

    Also, I tagged you to do this post if you're interested!

    1. I think there's a way to do it that works if it's still readable, and I know some people prefer it, but it just drives me crazy. Thanks!


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