I've tried writing a few versions of the same scene for the story I'm currently writing, but I've always ended up feeling dissatisfied with the end result. I always come to the conclusion that it's the dialogue that I don't like. It feels too... boring. Too average and unexciting and boring. There's no energy or creativity or liveliness to it. It just... is. Even if some of the characters are saying interesting things, the way they say it is still boring and unremarkable. I've come to the conclusion that the reason is that the way modern people (aka all of us) speak is just so plain and dull. Everything is to-the-point and basic, with no dramatic or poetic flare to the sentences. I suppose this makes it "realistic", but realism is mostly boring and should not be all a story has going for it. I want my dialogue to spring off the page and be memorable and lyrical and creative, but the only way to achieve that is to write it in such a way that it seems completely unnatural and out-of-place for early-twenty-somethings in 2016 to be speaking (and I know how they speak since I'm 19). My story is a satirical look at the pseudo-intellectualism of the youth that attend universities, a topic I have much inside knowledge of (since I basically witness it and participate in it daily at my own university). I suppose that by using lyrical, out-of-place language in the dialogue it could fit with the theme of mocking the types that use it, but I also want the main character and other non-pseudo-intellectuals to use it, to keep a consistent style. One of my major influences for the story is Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, my all-time favourite novel, and the dialogue in that book is just... perfect. Every line is so well thought-out and lyrical and flows so well, but that was typical of all the great 19th century novels, and sadly that style really doesn't fit in well with a story taking place in 2016. What are your thoughts on this dilemma? Should I just go ahead and write it how I want, regardless of how strange and out-of-place it would look, or should I think of some other way to write good dialogue?