Cursing in Fantasy Books

Yesterday I posted my book synopsis. To my pleasant surprise, I got lots of “Likes” on Facebook and nice compliments from good friends and family, teasing me about wanting a signed copy. I realized that people outside of my close circle of friends would read it and I wanted to address something.

My book has some cursing. I won’t lie, it’s one of my personal favorite things to do. But I don’t necessarily condone it–I know it’s not the classiest thing for a lady to do. I’ve apologized in advance to my mother (who called me a potty mouth, though she hears it everyday on our phone calls anyways) and I just replied to everyone on the Facebook post with a “Thank you and by the way…”

The “F” bomb is dropped 27 times. (I’m actually a little surprised it’s this low, to be honest with you.)  There are a large handful of other colorful words, but said in passing. In a 356 page book, that’s not so bad for me. However, I still feel the need to warn people–I wouldn’t want my ten year old nephew picking it up and learning new words, now would I?

The thing is, I see these characters exactly as they are–they’re circus people and are used to a certain way of life, many with rough backgrounds and aggressive personalities. Some are just plain rude. If I were to meet them in person, they would still curse and spit. They don’t apologize for who they are (so I’m doing it for them). I don’t mean to make anyone uncomfortable, so I felt there needed to be fair warning.

Anyways, now that we’ve gotten that over with, I want to say thank you to everyone for the nice things you’ve said. I’m growing more excited by the day. Tonight I have a phone meeting with Erica to see and discuss the final drafts of the cover! I can’t wait to get it up everywhere.

Do you agree with cursing in YA/Fantasy fiction books? I think it’s actually a little insulting to not let the characters talk as they would–there are teenagers out there with far worse mouths than me! They expect the characters to be real…and I think it’s okay if they giggle every time Lucy drops an eff bomb.

One thought on “Cursing in Fantasy Books

  1. bigbearswife says:

    I think it’s perfectly ok! It’s an adult/young adult book written by an adult. Now if you were writing a book for my 3 year old niece, I’d have another outlook on it… lol

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