Is Foul Language Sometimes Helpful in a Novel? Does the gender of a character matters in using it?

Of course, do not use it in a children’ novel nor just to fill pages when you run out of ideas. It’s not necessary for a character living a stress free life. But it may be necessary for characters whose lives aren’t a bowl of cherries. Those who may have to be tough in order to survive.

I was told once by a reviewer she couldn’t review the book because she didn’t like the way Bea talks. Therefore she couldn’t finished the book.

I accept it and I fully understands that every one does not likes the way Bea talks but I was curious, she said she liked Dean Winchester who says a lot of the same things Bea say [And before any one start talking plagiarism, All of my books, characters and dialogues were written long before Supernatural ever aired and I wasn’t about to go through all that work and change it] but with him being a guy, I noticed it is more acceptable.

Ummm….That sounds more like sexism than anything to do with Bea’s foul mouth. Yes, women can be sexist in the worst way.

In some scenes foul words are kind of unavoidable. I’m sure anyone with bullets shattering glass over their head isn’t yelling. “Branded idiot! Poop giant! Blunderbuss! What the jig!? Party of flying pigs! Spells and curses! Slushy Icecream!” Or any other curse words in that line of swearing. πŸ˜€

I don’t write young adult literary. I write about nasty demons and foul mouthed satanist trying to kill people, and none of these characters are nice beings.

I only use it to emphasize how distressful the situation is to the character.

Azazael has the worst possible mouth when isn’t around Ana.

It’s not like Ana condones Bea’s cussing anymore than any parent condones their child cursing or cussing. And if you think yours don’t curse then I assume you do not pay them much attention to hear what they are whispering under their breathe when walking away. πŸ˜€

About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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17 Responses to Is Foul Language Sometimes Helpful in a Novel? Does the gender of a character matters in using it?

  1. Yes, agreed, expletives are most effective when used sparingly πŸ˜‰

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  2. Brendan says:

    But Bea says it with much more sass than Dean Winchester. Nine year old Dean was calling Azazel on Supernatural a “yellow-eyed bastard” and no one blinked an eye. I say keep your characters the way you have them talking. Don’t change Bea. Leave Bea alone. She’s a strong little girl. She has an inner strength that will take her far in life.

    When a reader see the name Azazel she know the character is going to have a foul mouth. Ignore such people. A curse word or two every twenty to thirty pages is no big deal. That person was merely looking for fault. If you look for fault hard enough you can find it in anything or anywhere. Don’t play down your characters for duller-than-waiting-paint-dry people. They have lots of life and zest. Keep them that way.

    Ana and Bea are trying to survive on the open road. You gotta sound tough out in the real world even it you aren’t. If you don’t want to be eaten alive. Nikola would kill someone for words like “β€œBranded idiot! Poop giant! Blunderbuss! What the jig!? Party of flying pigs! Spells and curses! Slushy Icecream!” It sounds like baby talk. Something you would read in a children or young adult book.

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    • Brendan, thanks for the vote of confident, but don’t worry, I am far too deep in this series to check how Bea talks. It would throw the entire series off course. But you are right, Ana and Bea are living on the open road and to to survive the open road they have to be tough. Criminals and satanists don’t care they are a woman and girl. They don’t treat them with any more kindness than anyone else they intend to harm.


      • Brendan says:

        I was wondering if you were turning the series into a young adult series. I kinda of noticed Elfwood took a sharp turn in that kind of direction. I hope not. There’s Walt Disney for tweenies and young adults.

        Ana is one of the few adult female characters I have read who isn’t whining and crying all the frigging time. Bea isn’t being a complaining irritating brat.

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        • No, the entire series isn’t taking the YA route. However, The Fairy Tree Troll’s main characters are teenagers, therefore it had to be written in the fashion of a YA.

          I, too, was tired of crying, falling down, curling up shriveling heroines, that’s why I created my own. πŸ™‚


  3. β€œBranded idiot! Poop giant! Blunderbuss! What the jig!? Party of flying pigs! Spells and curses! Slushy Icecream!” are all baby to tweenager. talk I made up. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ πŸ€ͺ

    Well a Blunderbuss- is a type of antique gun.
    Party of flying pigs- is a southern US expression for a group of idiots.


  4. Brendan says:

    Dammy Sam as Azazel called him [not that he had room to talk] was a smooth operator in “Meeting Sam”, so smooth that he made Azazel jealous. πŸ™‚ Sam’s major fault wasn’t what came out of his mouth, but what went in it. He is a cannibal. He is a cannibalistic ancient god.

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  5. Cele says:

    Please don’t kill your trademark. Your character’s impertinence, impudence, sexy, witty, sometimes overly saucy dialogues seem to be your trademark. It is written in such a way that is often funny. Like for example, Queen Erin’s fake striptease in her first meeting King Eochaidh. She is wearing all those layers of clothing and asked him to help her get out of them while his army looks on. Tearlech, [I think his name is spelled right] start that irritating hissing of his’ telling Eochaidh not to trust her, she’s a spy sent to tempt them. Eochaidh being a guy is eager to help her out of the clothing, but start growing impatient with her game and layers and layers of clothing and started hurriedly pulling the shift over her head. Her head gets head stuck in neck opening and he yanks it off only to see she has many more layer under there. Seeing that she is messing with them Eochaidh get mad and she asked him did he really expected to see her naked? What’s wrong with him? They need to get over themselves. They all need to keep their minds back on the task at hand. The war with Alfred the Great.

    She is wearing all those layers of clothing because money is sewn in the pouches and hems of clothing. Riding with a chest of gold through a forest of bandits and thieves would be foolish even if she did come with her army.

    I’m talking King Eochaidh the Horse Warrior: The First Book of the Draconian Quadrilogy.

    Female characters are usually judged harsher than male characters. It’s not fair but they are.


    • Thanks Cele, thanks for reading King Eochaidh the Horse Warrior. However, like I said earlier, all of this stuff is already written. I’ve come too far along into the these books to change the flow. Most of them were written in another decade, a time when everything weren’t so hypercritical.


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