This post by Jennifer Flaten
I just finished reading a book that was a typical suspense fiction. It was a fine book, the main topic was time travel, so it’s not like you can dispute any of the technical aspects right? My major complaint is that the author tried a little to hard to use big words.
Now, I like learning new words, most of the time I can figure them out from the context. Sometimes I can’t and I will look them up-side note, aren’t cell phones great for doing that? In the old days I would have to bookmark the page or hope that I remembered the word later to look it up in the dictionary, now I just Google it.
Sometimes, though it just seems a little overreaching if you know what I mean. If I was reading a very heavy drama or a literary masterpiece I would expect to have a few more difficult words in the book that I would have to look up, but in a typical mystery/suspense novel having “fifty cent” words tossed in there just seemed fake.
Sorta of like the author got a word of the day calendar and wanted to use every single one. For example, instead of saying they exited the car, he wrote they “debouched” sigh. Nice word, but maybe not really necessary.
Of course, this is truly a matter of taste, so let me know what do you think as a writer or as a reader. Big words love them or hate them?
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