Re: RE: Nominations Now Open: What Annoys You Most?

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janicekatz
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Sascha – 2009-10-08 2:35 PM

When reading novels: Excessive description of unimportant locations. I don’t need to know the color of the table the protagonist is having her dinner on, really.
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Stephen King addresses the issue of being over descriptive in his book On Writing. The color of the table cloth may or may not be important. For me, the real issue is does the author have to tell me everything thereby squelching my own imagination? How about just telling me the basics and letting me fill in the minute details. Allowing me to furnish the kitchen with my own imagination would draw me in much further and the same goes for character description.