Books for Thought is where I post a discussion topic related to books, reading, writing, or something pertaining to one of the three. I hope you’ll join in, and discuss today’s topic of
swearing in books
I recently posted about swearing on the blog, and a lot of people said that whilst they didn’t swear on their blog, they were fine with people swearing on their own blogs.
Today, I’m interested in swearing in books.
Personally, I love it. Almost all teenagers swear, so I just kind of think it’s unrealistic when there’s not one swear word in an entire contemporary YA novel. I mean … come on. Young adults know what swears are, you’re not going to taint them with cuss words.
I’ve said before that I swear a lot, and this can translate into my writing, as well. Not because I swear, but because teenagers swear and it fits my character.
With one of my novels I finished in 2014, I started off with the main character swearing. And then I got about halfway and realised that it didn’t suit his character at all, so I went back and changed pretty much all the f-words to freakings or whatever fit more in that particular sentence and circumstance.
But my second novel is filled with swears. The character is older than the one above, and is in a completely different place in his life. He would most definitely be a cusser because of so many reasons.
The novel I’m writing at the moment is about halfway between. This boy doesn’t swear all the time like the second boy, but he does swear. And there’s reason for that, as well. He’s going through some pretty tough shit and he’s kind of angry at the world, and it’s 100% understandable for him to swear, at least some of the time.
So there you have it. I actually love swears in books (as long as it fits the character and circumstances).
How do you feel about swearing in books? Yay or nay?