I have always debated on the concept of characters cussing and not cussing, verses if it seems real or doesn’t seem realistic.
I’m not much of a cusser (I’m saying this because I do have my slip-ups, but I generally don’t cuss, nor do I support it), and I really don’t want my characters in my books to cuss. But where is the line drawn with realism of characters in books? If I choose for my characters to not cuss, would that make them seem less real?
Right now, in my fantasy trilogy WISHBOOKS of DISTORIA, none of my characters curses. However, now I have the thought that if there comes a situation that a real person would probably utter a cuss word, but I choose to not type it in, would it take the realism away? Thus, making my story suffer a blow of not seeming real enough?
I have a strong hold in my characters not cussing, because I don’t support it, nor do I really want to influence it to my readers. This is a debate I have had for years now, and this article just brought it back up again. So for this concept I’m for it, and then I’m against it.
In my opinion, I think it depends on what kind of story you’re writing. Mine is in a fantasy world, following a fifteen-year-old girl, who is pretty innocent. I may be able to get away with no cursing in these books. But then, I am still debating on the idea of it.
So I guess this takes me to neutral territory on the subject of Coarse Language in books.
Give me your thoughts!
Is this a concept you’ve thought over?