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cabbageweevil:

--- Quote from: poundcake on September 11, 2013, 12:20:07 PM ---Yes, FMC and MMC are Female and Male Main Characters.

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Thanks. Pretty obvious, I suppose; but I sometimes have trouble with initials and acronyms -- ever after three years or so of frequenting eHell !

SpottedPony:
A book I didn't get was Ivanhoe.  Ivanhoe was barely a main character in this story.  The Jewish Maiden's Tale or The Adventures Of The Norman Knight would have been better titles.  The book was more about them than Ivanhoe.

Spotted Pony

Arila:
Lately in fan fiction, I seem to come across "Ever so much" ever so much more than I would like! Sets my teeth on edge. I usually just grit them and get through it - my own fault for seeking out amature fiction.


I do like it better when the author challenges me a bit and just straight out describes a scene rather than putting all the commentary about what's going on, but sometimes it's TOO vague and I just can't figure out what's going on. I can read faces in person, but sometimes the same words can be used to describe expressions which I would know instantaneously in a photo, but can't make out by text. A furrowed brow could be confusion, anger, concentration, angsty thoughtfulness etc. etc. An example of one that I've not been able to really ever get right...
--- Quote ---...and Elizabeth, happening to see the countenance of both as they looked at each other, was all astonishment at the effect of the meeting. Both changed colour; one looked white, the other red. Mr. Wickham, after a few moments, touched his hat -- a salutation which Mr. Darcy just deigned to return. What could be the meaning of it? -- It was impossible to imagine; it was impossible not to long to know.
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Which was which? Am I supposed to know?

cabbagegirl28:

--- Quote from: arila on September 11, 2013, 06:21:18 PM ---Lately in fan fiction, I seem to come across "Ever so much" ever so much more than I would like! Sets my teeth on edge. I usually just grit them and get through it - my own fault for seeking out amature fiction.


I do like it better when the author challenges me a bit and just straight out describes a scene rather than putting all the commentary about what's going on, but sometimes it's TOO vague and I just can't figure out what's going on. I can read faces in person, but sometimes the same words can be used to describe expressions which I would know instantaneously in a photo, but can't make out by text. A furrowed brow could be confusion, anger, concentration, angsty thoughtfulness etc. etc. An example of one that I've not been able to really ever get right...
--- Quote ---...and Elizabeth, happening to see the countenance of both as they looked at each other, was all astonishment at the effect of the meeting. Both changed colour; one looked white, the other red. Mr. Wickham, after a few moments, touched his hat -- a salutation which Mr. Darcy just deigned to return. What could be the meaning of it? -- It was impossible to imagine; it was impossible not to long to know.
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Which was which? Am I supposed to know?

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IME with classical literature, women turn white when embarrassed, surprised, etc. I'd need the whole paragraph to make a clear judgement, though.

Two Ravens:

--- Quote from: arila on September 11, 2013, 06:21:18 PM ---Lately in fan fiction, I seem to come across "Ever so much" ever so much more than I would like! Sets my teeth on edge. I usually just grit them and get through it - my own fault for seeking out amature fiction.


I do like it better when the author challenges me a bit and just straight out describes a scene rather than putting all the commentary about what's going on, but sometimes it's TOO vague and I just can't figure out what's going on. I can read faces in person, but sometimes the same words can be used to describe expressions which I would know instantaneously in a photo, but can't make out by text. A furrowed brow could be confusion, anger, concentration, angsty thoughtfulness etc. etc. An example of one that I've not been able to really ever get right...
--- Quote ---...and Elizabeth, happening to see the countenance of both as they looked at each other, was all astonishment at the effect of the meeting. Both changed colour; one looked white, the other red. Mr. Wickham, after a few moments, touched his hat -- a salutation which Mr. Darcy just deigned to return. What could be the meaning of it? -- It was impossible to imagine; it was impossible not to long to know.
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Which was which? Am I supposed to know?

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Wickham turned white, because the sudden appearance of Darcy frightened him, and Darcy flushed in anger at seeing him. At least, that's how I always read it.

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