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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Purple prose

"Purple prose is criticized for desaturating the meaning in an author's text by overusing melodramatic and fanciful descriptions." TYWKIWDBI shares some examples from The Lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge:

"The boat moved with a nauseous, relentless rhythm, like someone chewing on a rotten tooth." 
"The wind fluted in the flues and flattened glossy spirals in the grass, and the trees flung up their boughs like drowning sailors." 
"His expression changed, anger forming soft, ugly bulges like porridge bubbles... he would break her face like a meringue."

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