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I hate to nitpick but.......

Discussion in 'The Shining' started by Religiously_Unkind, Dec 10, 2017.

  1. Religiously_Unkind

    Religiously_Unkind Well-Known Member

    the word "gravely" is used way too much in this book, especially in the first half; I kept seeing the word over and over again and groaning. That being said, this is an amazing book, way better and far more emotional than the Kubrick movie.
     
  2. Out of Order

    Out of Order Need More Time

    A misprint. was supposed to be gravelly on a few occasions.............:D
     
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  3. Religiously_Unkind

    Religiously_Unkind Well-Known Member

    I don't think so, the word is always used after someone says something.
     
  4. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    Might have been gravy misprint too.

    [​IMG]
     
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  5. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    I think he was joking. :)
     
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  6. Out of Order

    Out of Order Need More Time

    ;)
     
  7. Religiously_Unkind

    Religiously_Unkind Well-Known Member

    Ah, okay.
     
  8. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    This is something that would not bug me, necessarily, but next time I read it I will look for this.
     
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  9. Religiously_Unkind

    Religiously_Unkind Well-Known Member

    I guess it just bugs me because I like to write and I tend to be careful about that sort of thing.
     
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  10. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    Yeah, if you've seen my posts you know I'm sensitive to that kind of thing, too. In On Writing, King does own up to this particular proclivity and in his defense I'd say he has gotten better. Having said that, there are books loaded with adverbs (even repeated adverbs) that are often lauded, such as Look Homeward, Angel. Thomas Wolfe was a genius and he walked to his own rhythm and I'd bet he didn't give two shakes about excessive adverbs. :laugh:
    I tend to agree with Stephen's advice...use them sparingly.
     
  11. Religiously_Unkind

    Religiously_Unkind Well-Known Member

    Exactly; I learned a lot from On Writing, probably the most helpful book I've ever read.
     
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  12. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Eh. It happens--writers (and editors) are human. Sometimes a word gets stuck in your head and falls out of your pen/typing fingers willy nilly (I struggle with 'really', and I've seen a lot of writers who overuse 'a little'). Usually an editor will slap your metaphorical hand and get rid of the repetitive word. If it doesn't happen, and the writer is otherwise talented it's usually no big deal.
     
  13. Religiously_Unkind

    Religiously_Unkind Well-Known Member

    Good point.
     
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  14. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    .....once seen, cannot be unseen....

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