I just came by arni's entry about books. She touches on the subject of profanity in books, and I thought it'd be interesting to see what'd come out of a discussion abt it here.
While most writers are able to express themselves sufficiently with the use of a good thesaurus - its amazing how they get past editors being overly verbose & flagrant misuse of adjectives; some writers scatter splashes of colorful words to effectively convey the realism in their fiction - five hundred pages of politically correct Queen's English can be quite a turn off after awhile. However it gets kinda tasteless when its of ghetto-punk proportions - while being desensitized w the verbal kind due to excessive exposure to the television - reading it in print forty times on each page can get kinda traumatizing, often inducing involuntary wincing and grimacing.
Maybe it's my mild upbringing, but I'd balk to accept any as such as a work of literature. I have to admit that I finish those books anyway, more out of habit than anything else - though you'd have to forgive me for holding it at an arm's distance.
Forgive my ignorance, but does the Censorship Board (or its equivalent for literature) have a quota of offensive and profane words per page to approve books into Malaysia? I'm aware of a publishing act somewhere, but would someone care to enlighten me on this? graceshu # 8:38 PM