One of the most important aspects of a book is the style that the author employs in his/her writing. Style is one of those things that is so subjective when it comes to books. Different people like different writing styles. The variation of writing styles out there is so diverse, but these are three main ones that I’ve seen come up over and over again in books: The Lyrical, The Clipped and The Everything.
I have to say that this is my favorite writing style to read, and I so admire authors that can write lyrically. Lyrical writers weave their words in fresh images and metaphors that make my head spin with their gorgeousness. They find ways to describe things in ways that I had never thought of before. At the same time, the way these lyrical writers describe things makes sense. Unexpected twists in description that are also reasonable make the reading process so much more interesting. Lyrical writing also makes books re-readable. The lyrical books that I read basically beg me to reread them so that I can once again bask in their wonderful webs of words, and find new turns of phrases around every corner. Basically, I love lyrical writing.
Some Books With Lyrical Writing: Bird by Crystal Chan, Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool, A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd.
The clipped writing style is marked by sparse sentences without wordiness. They are straight forward and easy to understand. The shortness of the sentences in the clipped writing style cause a feeling of breathlessness in the reader, pulling him/her along quickly. This breathless sensation causes the clipped writing style to be absolutely perfect for action filled scenes where the reader has no time to read complicated turns of phrases. However, the clipped style is not just for action scenes. It also works perfectly for writers who don’t want to bog down their readers with unnecessary words. Books written in the clipped style are usually short reads. However, when carried about effectively, these books still pack a distinctive punch.
Some Books With Clipped Writing: All the Ernest Hemingway books, And um….other books, too…As you can see, I do not often read books with this writing style. 🙂
Oh yes, the Everything. This is a writing style that a lot of readers today don’t particularly enjoy, which leads to a lot of readers not liking the classics. That’s right, this writing style is pretty self explanatory; it’s a writing style in which the writer tells the reader about every little minute detail. A perfect example of this writing style is Charles Dickens. Wow, this guy could go on and on about a character buttering a piece of toast. While the writing style of the classics was often extremely dense, there is something about classics that leads those words to all serve a purpose. Those tiny, tiny details that may be left out today serve to develop characters very thoroughly, leaving a resonant impact on the reader when he/she finishes the book. Another wonderful example is J.R.R. Tolkien. His books go into so much detail about Middle Earth, yet all of his words serve a purpose: to further ground the reader in the world. While few people enjoy this style, I love it.
Some Books With The Everything Writing Style: All the books by Charles Dickens, All the books by J.R.R. Tolkien, All the books by Jane Austen, Almost all of the classics.
Now it’s your turn? What’s your favorite writing style? Did I miss your favorite in this post?