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    Does Your Style Of Writing match Your Taste in Reading?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Cacian, Nov 22, 2011.

    I personally am very picky about what I read and that is reflected in my writing straight away.
    I know what I do no like so I am guessing that is a good place to start.
    I definetely do not find macabre/gorish style of writing appealing so I do not go there.
    where is there is blood/death/violence I switch off,in fact books could do with warnings about the context and language to tell the reader before you get there and
    In other words there are things I stumble onto that I wished I had not seen heard or read.
    does that happen to you?
     
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    I am the same exact way! I normally like books that none of my friends have ever read, with a dark side and a lot of character development (Ex: Dark Objects by Gillian Flynn). I've noticed that I like to read the same kind of writing I like to write. So sometimes the only time I get a good read is when I write it. :3 All of my stories are dark and unique, and they probably wouldn't make a best seller because of the concepts I work with (but I'm not really interested in publishing, so I don't really mind).

    I don't like depressing stories about weak people with no character development. (Cough cough, Twilight, cough cough.) There was this one book I read, where this woman is obsessed with the Jane Austin novels. She becomes a hopeless romantic & is heart broken when she finds out that true love doesn't really exist or some stupid crap like that. So she sets off to find some letters to expose Jane Austen to win her job back, (because her husbands mistress got her fired.) It's really stupid and pathetic in my opinion. "Jane Austin Ruined My Life" I believe it's called.
     
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    Yes. I worked to develop my writing by reading and studying authors I enjoyed reading. Add to that my interest in reading history (mainly WW II and the U.S. Civil War), and I believe it shows.

    It would've been hard (and would remain difficult) to learn from published authors if I didn't enjoy both the content and style.
     
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    yes, it does. definitely.
     
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    Unfortunately, no. I love a good legal or medical thriller, but I don't feel I have the knowledge to write about either accurately. That's what has stopped me for a long time. I like thrillers in general, or a true mystery, and I agree with others about good character development. I'm working right now on better setting and character development and experimenting on alternative points of view. However, I like any story where I actually learn something, and where the ending is plausible but not too easy to guess. That's what I'm shooting for, and I'm finding it more difficult than I realized. I do not like too much gore. Some is okay, but I randomly picked up a novel by some author I didn't know which sounded interesting, but after just three pages, I was so disgusted by the content, I had to put it down. I have no desire to read about a killer who skins vicitims alive!
     
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    Not really. I read a wide range of styles and genres, so my writing would be a mess if it reflected all of that.
     
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    I'm the same as Steerpike. I'll read anything at all, and can usually enjoy it and learn something unless it puts me to sleep, lol.

    I could never put all of that into one style :)
     
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    Well... somewhat, but not really. I enjoy writing fantasy and adventure, but while I do enjoy reading those, I'll also read genres I have no interest in writing: mystery, thriller, crime, and some others. My favorite authors are also really funny, like Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett, something I don't think I'd be able to copy, based on my writing style.
     
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    wow...about the Jane Austen that just goes to confirm that it is not a good idea to reveal who the writer is all together if or when you write a book. Imagine you in 30 years time someone writes a book about you using you name, your intellectuall property, to write another 'retaleation riposte book' to put you down. How bad is that .
    Imagine if the said Austin was around now what would she have thought or even felt that her whole 'writer's reputation has been jeorperdised.
    I would not want to be here!!
    Another point:
    what do the Austen family think about their name being used in this way?
    and God forbid, what if there is a Jane Austin around to day with that same name?
    How would he/she feel aboutit all?
    These are thoughts that spring to mind.
    write yes,publish it if you really need to but put no name to it, cause is it really worth it?
    the risk is there , your family name could be at stake if you you declare it on a book cover.
    On the other hand, is this book 'Jane Austin ruined my life' of a so called pathetic writer, who apparently got messed up because an Austin told her love is a piece of pie she can have for breakfast?
    come on this so called writer who believed in fairy tale suddenly became a writer.
    Oh dear well at least I would say that Austin is a genius one to have managed to turn a simpleton into a writer rolleyes:
    oh well it takes all sorts I imagine andthis story just takes the biscuit.
     
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    wow that is gruesome indeed and this is the kind of thing which brings me to think about the role and the validity of a title that does not give anyhting away.
    so you picked a book looked at the title and then thought nothing of it, then you stumble into this kind of gruesome images and it is too late to go back.
     
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    couldn't yoru writing then reflect a mix of them all?
    your signature about tyranny is interesting.
    I a satyrical article called 'Supremacy and Sarcasm Honestly Prized' and it reminded me of it.
    about your second signature
    there is one similar about Charlotte Bronte
    they sound or come across as similar.
     
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    To think that ANY person with the same name would be offended for such a book is pretty far fetched, since it's quite obvious who the book title refers to, and it's not the Jane Austens living today. Exactly like the John Smiths of the world probably don't bother about all the ones with the same name in literature because no one with some common sense would believe that it's about them just because they have the same name.
     
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    no... i can write in just about any style and have written in many, not all of which reflect my reading preferences...
     
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    well it does take all sorts and you are not to vouch for others.
     
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    My favorite reading genre is fantasy and I love to write fantasy. So I guess there's something behind your line of thinking because there are probably more people out there who can say they like to read the same thing that they like to write than those who say otherwise.
     
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    In many cases, I think it does. Or rather, my tastes in reading at a given time influence my style. When I was reading Ayn Rand, I tried my hand at philosophy; I wrote some god-awful poems in my T.S. Eliot stage; after reading McEwan's Solar, my focus was antiheroes and anecdotes. I just finished a David Mitchel book, and I'm suddenly compelled to try out some shifting timelines.

    I'm not going through phases, I swear I swear! I'm just building up to something big. :p
     
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    It probably is. I just can't see it right now. Haha. However, it is still slightly seen right now, but when my writing is cleaned up, it really comes out.
     
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    My thoughts exactly.
     
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    Certain books have definitely influenced my writing style. Now I think I may be coming into my own.
     

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