So I'm reading this book, Black City by Elizabeth Richards, and it's going great. But there is something that is bothering me, that happens every other page, and it's something that snaps me off the story every single time. I guess you can call it a pet peeve. Here is a couple of examples:
"He has a point. I've been up all night expecting the Sentry guards to bang down my door and arrest me, but they never showed. It could only mean one thing: that Sentry brat Natalie didn't tell anyone about me. Good. My threat must've gotten through her stupid blond head. I light up a cigarette and take a long drag. Fragging Sentry. The world would be a better place without them in it,but I can't see that happening any day soon."Here's the second one...
"My fingers grasp the edge of her satchel, but she twists out of my reach and climbs onto the stage.
Fragg!"Fragging? What the fuck is fragging? Oh right, Fragg= Fuck.
In case you missed it.
It maybe something mild, something some would consider unsignificant. But it bothers me. It completely snaps me off the flow of the story. What is wrong with a few 'fucks' along the way? Its realistic. It sometimes even makes the dialogue a bit better. I mean, there is a difference between a few curse words and when characters curse constantly and without any real motive, sometimes, but most of the time I am fine with a few bad words that aren't alowed on TV or radio.
Another story that bothers me when it does this is House of Night series. But don't even get me started on that one because if not I will go on a massive rant.
There is no such thing as bad words, there are only socially unacceptable words. That is the truth. Curse words don't corrupt the youth, they are a part of our every day lives so I don't see the point in avoiding them.
Unless this is a "new style" of curse words, instead of censoring, in that case the word Fragg still bothers me because it's stupid.
Oh but other than that I am really liking the book. Woohoo.