Literature Abuse

Melissa Proffitt Melissa at Proffitt.com
Fri Mar 23 03:39:07 EST 2001


On Fri, 23 Mar 2001 14:51:32 +1000, Emma Comerford wrote:

>Hi, I'm also new to the list, although I've been belatedly reading digests
>for a while.

Welcome to the list!

>I think another sign of literature abuse is when you find yourself talking
>and thinking in the style of a book you've been reading - even if it's old
>English or includes adjectives unique to the novel. It causes strange
>looks...maybe not as many as "she said" though!

I notice myself doing this all the time...like now with John Crowley, and
especially Jane Austen.  Usually I manage to keep my mouth shut.  :)
Confined to the space inside my skull, it does no real damage.  I think.

Melissa Proffitt
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