I was thinking about some of the recent threads lately on the strive for correct writing and last night started reading a book called the Franchiser by Stanley Elkin when I was hit by some of the freakiest 'rule'/rule breaking ever. Just to let you know I'm quoting 'rules' for those stylistic guidelines and rules for concrete things like a sentence ends with a period. 'Rules' you can kinda argue. Rules you kind of can't - by kinda I mean everyone will say dialogue needs quotes but then book Blindness comes along and leaves them out. My read last night was an eye opener. Stanley Elkin is good writer, Hell, perhaps even a great writer - it's a little too soon to tell I'm only on Chapter 3. But I sometimes wonder - Would he get past a publisher now? I know he'd be eviscerated on the writing forums. His book was published 1976 but his rule breaking doesn't seem to have anything to do with trends of the era - none that I know of - in fact it's the first time I've ever seen anyone do this. He switches from I pov to third person pov for the mc within the same scene! To be honest it's a little like reading one of my messed up first drafts - lol. Information is trickled out but sometimes not in the right places. I had to continuously turn to the book flap to make sure I had the character's name right because one minute he'd be I the next minute he'd be Ben. What made it worse was this was in a scene with two other men who were introduced sporadically - last names first, first names later. One last name was Flesh so one sentence began with - Flesh opened the opened the window - before you knew it was a last name ( or if it had been mentioned I'd forgotten it. ) Very confusing. Yet the writing was good. Anyone ever see some freaky 'rule'/rule breaking and think how did they get away with this? p.s. - not trying to start a thread on encouraging 'rule'/rule breaking ( especially for newbies ) but I'm more interested in examining contradictions and whether or not they worked. Though I like Elkin's writing I would've ditched this technique - it was too confusing for the reader.