Re: RE: Transparent writing style?

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James, one question as regards your post: what is your opinion about metaphors and similes? Metaphors and similes cannot help drawing attention to themselves, and it seems that some writers really labor to create fresh ones that wind up sounding awfully contrived. (You remember King’s reference to one writer’s simile: “He sat there like a man waiting for a turkey sandwich.”) But even if the metaphor is one that, out of context, does sound fresh and makes you think of something in a new way, within the context of a story or novel it cannot help but draw attention to the writing.

So: do you think transparent writing should eschew metaphors and similes, or at least use them very sparingly?