//Am I the only reader who NEEDS contractions?

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 securefor 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?
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2018-02-19T13:57:53+00:00

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6 Comments

  1. xCynyx May 27, 2013 at 1:14 am - Reply

    OMG! Yes! Please! If it is on a third person's POV and is not dialogue I can read it… some… But if not, then make it realistic! No one speaks like that…
    I feel you pain 🙁

  2. Grayson Daniels May 27, 2013 at 4:39 am - Reply

    It is very confusing to understand

  3. Maanika Bauder May 28, 2013 at 2:19 am - Reply

    I have the same problem. Takes me right out of the story.

  4. Michael Walls May 29, 2013 at 11:58 pm - Reply

    I wasn't familiar with the term "contractions", but after reading this passage, I understand it more than I want to!! Words with no bones……

  5. Michael Walls May 30, 2013 at 12:02 am - Reply

    I wasn't familiar with the term "contractions", but after reading this passage, I understand it more than I want to!! Words with no bones……

  6. Stacey T. Hunt May 30, 2013 at 4:13 am - Reply

    God, I hate dialogue like that. I don't know what it is, but I seem to lose interest after the first paragraph at most if the writing is like that! But then again, maybe I'm just that picky…

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