Unusual Book Styles
You may read a lot and have found many of these unusual ways authors share their stories. If not, be aware that all books are not straight forward. Here are a few tricks that may entice you or, if you are unaware of what is being done, these methods may cause you to close the books or even toss them across the room in mild anger.
** Books with no paragraph separation
** Entire books in poetic form (E Hopkins)
** Books with excessive punctuation (E.E.Cummings)
** Books without quotation marks to alert you to who is speaking (C. McCarthy)
** Books with NO punctuation at all (W. Faulkner, J.Joyce, G. Stein)
** Books where you flip from one person, place and time to another and back again and again (Clancy)
** Books written at a pace to represent the mood or general speed of a person’s life (S. Platt, O’Nan about SC Fitzgerald)
** Books with no signals that you’ve moved into and out of flashbacks (A. Tan)
** Books that keep distinct speaking patterns going through the entire book
** Books where jargon or specialized terms are never explained within the text or in a glossary
What other distinctive book styles have you encountered?? Send them long. I’ll share them another time.