Street lit

May 2, 2008 at 1:13 pm 3 comments

Later tonight an acquaintance will be joining me for an improvisational comedy dinner. The show is a tradition, catered by the university’s dining services, and I had hoped a good friend would by my escort, but he already had a previous engagement at another restaurant with some friends who enjoying browsing the various galleries on First Friday. I shall miss his company, but look forward to the night nonetheless.

…I can’t even keep going. I was going to try to write some normal dialogue to contrast with that totally pretentious style, a la Dirty Game, but even I couldn’t handle it.

Seriously, is it so hard to make narration and dialogue match up stylistically? I felt like I was reading two completely different books, and not enjoying either of them particularly. Tyrell, on the other hand, manages to match speech to narration seamlessly.

Now, I’m all for sex scenes in books–I can totally remember memorizing page numbers of books when I was younger–but I don’t think I’ve ever read a less appealing sex scene before than the ones in Dirty Game. (And this is really saying something, since one of my favorite series often includes sex between humans and vampires or shapeshifters, which tends to get a bit much.) How many times can you fit the word “vagina” onto a single page? A lot, apparently. It just make me think of that Scrubs episode where Eliot is fighting the peer pressure of the ob/gyn specialists:


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Linda  |  May 5, 2008 at 8:34 am

    You did an admirable job with the first paragraph homage to Dirty Game. (Well maybe not an homage.) I keep thinking about the discussion on Saturday and the idea that when major publishers get their hands on a genre like street lit, that it changes everything. I wonder what this book would have been like if Shannon Holmes had published it independently? Would the annoyances be there? Street Lit has always had this multi-style narration, but the degree to which it flows in Dirty Game is pretty beyond the traditional and norm of the genre.

  • 2. Megan H.  |  May 18, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Hey, this is Megan who guest-spoke in Linda’s class. I’m writing an article on street lit and teens and finding I’m using some of your insights, especially about comparing street lit to Gossip Girl. So thanks, and I will definitely give a nod to you and your class.

  • 3. pandanose  |  May 18, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Hi Megan. You’ll have to let me know when the article comes out!


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