Happy Monday, everyone!
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I know, I know. I’m bad at this. I’ll work on it, I swear!
Anyway, welcome to my new discussion post…er…thing! Aren’t we just so exciting?! I can barely contain myself!
I decided I wanted to “talk” to you all more…so this is one of the ways I hope to do so!
This week, I want to talk
Poetic Language/Purple Prose
Don’t know what I mean? Let’s get an example up in here!
In literary criticism, purple prose is prose text that is so extravagant, ornate, or flowery as to break the flow and draw excessive attention to itself. Purple prose is characterized by the extensive use of adjectives, adverbs, zombie nouns, and metaphors. When it is limited to certain passages, they may be termed purple patches or purple passages, standing out from the rest of the work.
Purple prose is criticized for desaturating the meaning in an author’s text by overusing melodramatic and fanciful descriptions.
Still confused? Here’s an example:
Theirs was a New York love, a checkered taxi ride burning rubber, and like the city, their passion was open 24/7, steam rising from their bodies like slick streets exhaling warm, moist breath through manhole covers stamped “Forged by DeLaney Bros., Piscataway, N. J.”
I, personally, LOVE purple prose. I grew up writing and reading poetry, and while I haven’t done much of either lately, I adore authors who bring it into their work–there’s just more room for personal interpretation that way, I think. Sometimes I like being able to imagine things my OWN way, instead of trying to fit my thoughts around the author’s narratives. It’s more fun that way sometimes, I think! Not quite as strict or “forced.”
Some of my absolute favorite books that have this?
So… YAY or NAY to purple prose in your books? If yes, what are some of your favorite books that employ this technique? If no, why not? Let’s discuss!
Until next time, happy book-ing!