readers’ expectations

Says Kristen Lamb in her blog (titled, conveniently, Kristen Lamb’s Blog), “Readers expect a good book. They expect proper grammar, punctuation and formatting that doesn’t look like it was performed by a sloth with a severe Valium addiction. These are basic, fundamental expectations…and they no longer impress people all that much.”

This is encouraging; it means that the esoteric art of using end punctuation is not yet entirely dead.  However, I cannot help but wonder, Where are these people who EXPECT proper grammar, punctuation and formatting?  Are these fundamental expectations only for readers of highfalutin’ Literary Fiction, or are there also a lot of readers of SF/F, for example, who still give a rodent’s backside about a story being readable?

Did I ever mention that one reviewer actually commented on how well In Siege of Daylight was edited?  On one hand, I was pleased to see that, since I’m the person who edited it.  🙂  On the other hand, I was a bit disheartened, because good grammar and punctuation shouldn’t stand out as unusual.

About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have eight cats. I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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1 Response to readers’ expectations

  1. Jessica S says:

    *Raises hand, waving.* Over here! Over hear! I’m one of those close-to-extinct readers who expect good grammar and syntax! 😉

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