Friday, August 12, 2011

Cross out Beezus!

I just saw two three four new YA novels indulging employing  annoying pervasive strike-throughs to indicate a narrator's dithering second thoughts or transparently self-buffing lies strategic rearrangements of the truth. I think this might be 2012's dead girl OCD selectively mute protagonist of choice. It's kind of like when everyone gets the same toy for Christmas an interesting  new post-modern narrative choice that reveals the self-centeredness reflexivity of the typing writing process.

14 comments:

GraceAnne LadyHawk said...

Falling out of my Aeron chair with laughter. Bravo.

Roger Sutton said...

Careful, GA, those things sit high!

MariannetheLibrarian said...

Thank you for this!

LaurieA-B said...

I blame--uh, credit?--Wintergirls for this. It's a powerful book, still, but I disliked the typography as a substitute for emotion.

dkm said...

This refers to what book, rather books?

GraceAnne LadyHawk said...

Not mine, dear, designed for a person who is 4' 11".

Roger Sutton said...

Dkm, prefer to let the reviews reveal all.

aquafortis said...

Uh-oh...there's a crossed-out word in my new novel ms. Little did I know that was already totally over! :)

Roger Sutton said...

Oh AF, as that guy on the last thread wrote, "Once, yes, once for a lark /
Twice, though, loses the spark . . ."

Amy said...

ROTFL!

Nathan Shumate said...

Maybe the authors accidentally sent in their manuscripts with the "track changes" option left on.

Anonymous said...

I felt the technique worked in Wintergirls as it showed the duality of the thinking and the dueling inner voices that was part of the disease of anorexia.

If it's just a hip new thing that doesn't serve a purpose, then I am not so enamored.

There's almost no technique or style choice that I am unilaterally against.

Helen Frost said...

We could blame it on the Governor of Delaware, who used it to great effect in his letter to M.T. Anderson a couple of years ago:
http://library.blogs.delaware.gov/2009/09/15/a-big-thank-you-from-governor-jack-markell/

anniem said...

My voracious 11 year old reader was excited to read Shatter Me, which employs a liberal quantity of strike throughs. The tag lines and cover had her salivating but she hated the technique. I tried to get her to talk about why the author might have done it or what didn't work about it but she couldn't verbalize anything but disgust, but that she verbalized forcefully.