It's Wednesday again and I'm actually blogging. Did you miss me? Because it's so hot this week, I've been thinking about winter and the holidays. Kinda like a mental fake out.
Actually, I forgot I needed to blog today, and this is kinda what I felt like. I refer you to the iconic holiday flick "A Christmas Story."
Ralphie: Oooh fuuudge!
Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] Only I didn't say "Fudge." I said THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the "F-dash-dash-dash" word!
Mr. Parker: [stunned] *What* did you say?
Ralphie: Uh, um...
Mr. Parker: That's... what I thought you said. Get in the car. Go on!
Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] It was all over - I was dead. What would it be? The guillotine? Hanging? The chair? The rack? The Chinese water torture? Hmmph. Mere child's play compared to what surely awaited me.
So, this brings me to my current beef. The unadulterated overuse of profanity in fiction today. Don't get me wrong. I'm not a prude. I have my big girl panties pulled up and firmly in place to deal with this subject. I don't mind some profanity in books if the situation warrants it. Heck, an author can even do it to get a point across or use it to make a scene a little more "crude, cutting edge, or raw" I don't care. I have even used them in some of my books (I know you're shocked because if you know me in person or have spoken with me on the phone, you know I never curse) LOL I say "fudge" or "freaking" LOL So I suppose when I do use the word in my writing, it's a form of escape for me.
What I take exception is using the words simply to use the words. Dropping f-bombs like you got a 3-for-1 at the local dollar store isn't cool. Actually, it's annoying and yanks me right out of a story.
Why do I bring it up right now?
Because I'm seeing alot of this in movies, TV shows and in books. The f-bomb is losing its cache and shock factor. They're just words, right? It's becoming mundane and multiplying in annoyance like a couple of rabbits during Valentine's Day.
My point? Use it. Don't use it, but try to remember if it's actually needed before you go effing up the place LOL
I was going to leave you with an excerpt of one of my upcoming releases where I used the f-bomb but I think I might save that for later ;-) Stay tuned, though, I have two new releases coming your way this month and you won't want to miss them!
So, readers and writers, what's your take on the F-word? Use it, lose it, doesn't bother you? I wanna know! :-)