Purple or stoic prose. Which do you prefer?Purple or stoic prose. Which do you prefer? Benjamin #questionnaire
Don’t know what that means.
Do you prefer to read books that have a ton of description and a lot of imagery, or are kind of “bare bones” with imagery? The latter makes me think of Hemingway. The former…someone who doesn’t write like Hemingway
Thanks. I guess it depends. I do like Tolkien. A whole lot of description and imagery. But sometimes it can be a negative if the story doesn’t move at a reasonable pace.
My favorite author is Charles Dickens… so, “purple prose.”
Groovy! What’s your favorite Dickens work?
@Benjamin Bleak House and Our Mutual Friend
I’ll have to check those out.
I like Dickens! ☺ Especially when he’s being sarcastic..
Bleak House is one of my favorite novels!
I actually like purple prose..
Any pieces you especially enjoy? I’ve always been drawn to stoic prose, and find myself to write that way, too. But I think it isn’t appealing to everyone
If purple prose isn’t done well it can go horribly wrong.
Right, I agree with you there
I learnt something new today ?, based on the definition, I find purple prose tiresome, same with over descriptive prose (don’t know if that has also a fancy name ?)
I agree with you! Tiresome is a good word for it
confession: I had to look up purple prose.
Using 100 words where 10 will do lol I like a light lavender. Enough to paint a subtle pic but get the story moving
Same here. That tends to be my preference
Just enough to keep the story going ?♀️ I don’t need 3 pages describing the MC’s kitchen.
Right, haha that’s how I feel, too
I do tend to get inpatient with overly flowery descriptions or dialog.
Same. I also always think there’s something kind of profound in the things that aren’t being said
Mostly stoic. Although if done well, purple can be enjoyable.
Yeah, agreed. I like stoic writing a bit more, but purple prose is refreshing now and then
Any pieces you especially enjoy?
I have a fairly strong aversion to most purple prose. Good southern writers seem to get away with it better than most.