I happened to have come across a few books recently that use dialect and interesting uses of language. The Dustlands series (Blood Red Road) stands out as my most fresh example.
Use of Dialect
The author of the series, Moira Young, writes exactly how the characters talk. A few examples are”ezackly (exactly),” “afeared (afraid) and “ferever (forever).”
Although it was a little off-putting at first, I began to appreciate the style of writing. It made me feel like I was in the characters head. It also allowed me a better glance at the time and culture of the book.
For the most part, people can’t read in the book, and they haven’t been formally educated at all. The dialect serves a purpose here.
Dialect seemed to show the same cultural and status differences in Poison Princess. It was not used throughout the whole novel, but the Louisiana kids from the lower basin spoke cajun and their mixed language is used in the book.
What books have you read that have used dialect? Did you like or dislike it? What purpose did do you think the author had in using it?
Unusual Use of Language and Style
In this book, the crossed out phrases and fragmented sentences all reflect the mind of a girl who’s been locked up most of her life and who has powers that frighten her. It was a very unique way to use language and style to get that point across
Have you read Shatter Me, or another book that used language and style in an unusual way? Did it work for you?
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Share them in the comments.