Friday, February 18, 2011

Pet Peeve Saturday--Quotation Marks...Use Them


So what's the deal with quotation marks. Some authors are not using them anymore when writing dialogue and it's driving me nuts when I read their writing.

The first time I noticed this was a while back. Frank McCourt didn't use any quotation marks in Angela's Ashes: A Memoir. It shocked me at first... and it annoyed me throughout my reading of the book, but I didn't think much of it. I thought he was just some eccentric who decided that his style would be sans quotation marks.

Then I noticed a couple of other authors do the same thing and most recently Mary Karr in Lit: A Memoir has omitted the quotation marks of dialogue.

I see a little trend starting here and I have to speak out. Use quotation marks. Although as a writer I would love to omit them myself, I won't because they are a part of the symbols of written communication. Quotation marks make it easier for readers to read your book and become immersed in the story.

I guess we can call this Pet Peeve Saturday.... Thanks for letting me get that off my chest.


Jan Morrison said...

hmmm...I don't get bugged by any conventions being broken unless I notice them. Does that make sense? I don't care about quotation marks. I think I've read enough with and without them or with and without much attribution - as long as there is something (an indent, a different size text) so that I know it is dialogue I don't mind. Breaking the fictive dream is a crim though so if it breaks it for you then I get the annoyance factor.

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

I agree with you a hundred zillion percent....Cody says:

"I agree too!!!!"

Notice the quotation marks? xoxoxo

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