Something that literally sends me into insanity is reading a book where the author has refused to recognize the existence of contractions. Lately, I’ve felt like a broken record with this comment. Does anyone else share my annoyance with this style? Is there something wrong with me? Am I too pop culture?
Here’s a passage from a YA novel I read recently and struggled to finish because of said contraction issue (and no! I’m not going to name the book).
“What do you want to do, Lanie? It is not about your job; it is about mine. If you do not go back, I could lose mine for taking your spot. I think he has already picked up on my protecting you. If you go or not, your job is secure…for now.”
What was that contraction-less excerpt, you ask?
Genre: Realistic YA Fiction.
Setting: the year 2011, Louisiana.
Speaker: 19 year old male from a lower-middle class family, American born, English as native language.
Yeah, I’m not seeing that from the writing, are you? There’s no voice. Does anyone else run into this while reading? Does anyone struggle with using contractions in writing?