Late last month, a couple of bloggers were discussing the use of the F-Bomb, and other cuss words in books, so I thought I share my views here.
In my opinion, swearing in novels is becoming more and more frequent in newer novels. When I first started reading ‘adult novels’ they didn’t contain any swearing in them at all. Now days, I read novels, and find the F-Bomb everywhere. The words are tossed around, thrown into any old sentence. Some authors use it so much, it loses its emphasise.
What I hate however, is swearing in writing other than dialogue. For me, dialogue is alright to swear in, because, well, most of the human population swears. So naturally, your characters will swear. However, some authors use swearing in descriptions of things. For example, the truck was f***ing massive. In my opinion, the cuss word is unnecessary, and looks like the author is trying to be tough. The truck was massive would be suffice. (Of course, if the narrative was written in first person, then the F-Bomb would be alright, as it’s the character saying the sentence).
What are your thoughts?