Let’s talk about swearing in books. Do you love it or hate it? I’m in between because it depends on the situation, character, topic, etc.
I don’t like gratuitous swearing, or swearing just for the heck of it. If the situation warrants it and it furthers the plot, then swearing doesn’t bother me in the least … unless it’s the F-word. I still cringe when I see or hear that word, but I can look past it when it adds to the story or helps define the character because I know people swear and it’s not up to me to be the swearing police. Hell, I swear every once in a while. (See what I did there?) And, I know some characters or situations wouldn’t be realistic without swearing. I may not like gratuitous swearing, but many people don’t mind it and they’re going to swear. They’re going to swear to get a reaction out of people, to purposely offend, because they don’t know any other way to express themselves, because they like the words, etc. And, if those are the cases or situations, then I don’t mind it because it’s realistic and I want my stories to be realistic not contrived to fit a certain mold.
Sometimes, though, I feel like authors swear just to swear. Have you ever encountered a book like that? I’ve encountered a few and it ruined my experience with the story. I didn’t feel like the swearing was needed in that situation or with that particular character. Does that make sense?
What do you think? Do you love them or hate them?