Thursday, March 18, 2010


This week's Booking Through Thursday asks:

Which do you prefer? Lurid, fruity prose, awash in imagery and sensuous textures and colors? Or straight-forward, clean, simple prose?

(You thought I was going to ask something else, didn’t you? Admit it!)

My gut instinct was, oh descriptive, long and flowy of course! Thinking mainly of historical fiction those usually paint the best scenes. And then I really thought about it and I know for a fact that I get annoyed when authors go on and on about something that they only need a few sentences to describe.

So maybe the real question for me is, if you are a great author, then yes, take the time you need to set the scene with beautiful details and lush descriptions, otherwise just cut to the chase, maybe you're better at witty banter instead.

Which do you prefer?


  1. I agree with you. For me, if I am enjoying the story, then either style works. If it is not going well, neither style will save you. Here is my response:

  2. It depends on the novel
    My answer is here:

  3. I like both - like you said, depending on the author. I think it also depends on my mood - am I being lazy and grumpy? - then I need the world painted for me...but when I have lots of time, bring on the flowery prose!

    Here's mine:

  4. I prefer straight-forward, clean prose - my mind tends to wander if the prose is too flowery.

  5. I love LM Montgomery's writing which is pretty flowery, but mostly I prefer plain and straightforward. It's not something that would make me put a book down though...unless the prose was just BAD.

  6. I'm all about clean, straight forward prose, especially if it's clever. Also, I would like to point out that I think I may hate the word "sensual" as much as I hate the word "intimate." Shudder.


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