Imagery Part 2

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Connected to last week’s—it’s one of the ways writing has changed. Books from a century or two ago spent huge swaths of text describing locations and character traits, but modern writing does all of this in shorthand. You might know a character is short with blond hair and blue eyes, but the author leaves the rest for you to figure out on your own. The writer might tell you the story takes place at a beachside town, but leaves the details to your imagination. Why do you suppose this is? Is it that we have shorter attention spans these days? That, bombarded with video and photos as we are, we don’t NEED every detail of an unknown scene described, because we have a stock of images already in our heads?

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

15 responses

  1. Tonia, Couldn’t comment on your post but I wanted to reply. I agree with what you said. When I want a light read I go with a modern novel. I am loving working through the classics. And it is because of you that I recently purchased and am slowly digesting The Well-Educated Mind. Love that quote by Bacon by the way! I underlined it in my copy!

  2. Interesting question this week! Here is my reply:
    Booking Through Thursday

  3. I’m not sure I agree – or perhaps I read the ‘wrong’ kind of books (written by authors who still like to describe things) 🙂 I’m putting in the same link as last week:

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