Shannon Stacey

Stop the drama!

We dragged our sorry selves into Walmart this evening. We were after fleece-lined jeans, but of course they’ve already put out the bathing suits. Considering we’re just emerging from some lovely -25 wind chills, it’s not really thong weather around here.

No trip to Walmart is complete without a trip down the Leigh Greenwood shrine book aisle. Of course the new SSEs were out, which frustrated me to no end as I thought I’d jump the gun and order straight from eHQ. Since I got sucked into the free shipping gig, they’re coming by Tortoise Express. Not buying Karen’s new release, My Prodigal Valentine almost killed me, even knowing it’s coming (eventually) in the mail.

Unable to leave a book aisle empty-handed, I picked up another book. Now…I wish I’d bought a bag of Hershey’s Dark Kisses instead. It’s not the stilted language and apparent lack of voice, but…

It’s the exclamation points!

The book is riddled with them! And they annoy me! And while I can tolerate the occasional use of them by the heroine (perhaps a throwback to the “feisty” heroines of the 80’s?) I abhore their usage by the hero! Nobody likes a melodramatic hero! And he uses them incessantly!

Captain Kirk says: Melodrama…is…a crutch…for poor…skills!



10 comments to “Stop the drama!”

  1. Anne
      · January 27th, 2007 at 11:02 pm · Link

    :rulez: Don’t they know the rules? No! Exclamation! Points! For! The! Hero! :wtf: LOL You should have noted the title so at least I’m forewarned. :doh:

  2. Ann Wesley Hardin
      · January 27th, 2007 at 10:34 pm · Link

    LMAO, Shan. You’d better stay away from my newest (as yet to be released) because I use them as a characterization device for one of the dotty old ladies in the story. She partially repeats what people say, only she doesn’t say it, she exclaims it!

    I thought about striking them out, but she doesn’t have all that much page time and the exclamation points are so her. We’ll see if it flies editorially.

    Still, it majorly pisses me off when I see others do it. It does seem like a mask for poor writing skills. Except online, of course, where the period makes statements seem so flat and almost hostile. Does anyone else notice that?

  3. Annalee
      · January 28th, 2007 at 1:42 am · Link

    :cowboy: Do love them cowboys. Speaking of books, think I’ll go worship in the shrine. :lmao: (actually, two days now I’ve been meaning to hit Borders and I’ve got one more hour tonight)

  4. Charlene
      · January 28th, 2007 at 8:50 am · Link

    Dean Koontz says God has given us all a certain number of exclamation points, and when they’re gone your time is up. :lmao:

  5. Shannon
      · January 28th, 2007 at 10:15 am · Link

    The difference, Ann (at least to me), is that these !!!!!!! weren\’t a character quirk or used in moments of high drama. They\’re used incessantly in general conversation around the table. In interior dialogue, even. I felt like this scene in which they\’re just sitting around talking was being shouted at me. I mean, shouted at me! :rofl:

    Annalee, I love me some :cowboy:, too, but our Walmart only carries a very, very, very small amount of romance as it is. Not being able to get many of the newest releases because they\’re stocking multiple copies of every book Leigh Greenwood ever wrote frustrates me. Especially since, judging by the number of them, nobody seems to actually buy many of them.

    And God must have given this author an overabundance of them, Charli. :hide:

  6. Jaci Burton
      · January 28th, 2007 at 11:13 am · Link

    Wal Marts stock some weird shit.on their book shelves That’s all I’m sayin…..


  7. Angie
      · January 28th, 2007 at 10:46 am · Link

    Dean Koontz says God has given us all a certain number of exclamation points, and when they’re gone your time is up.

    I’m so using that next time I need to in edits. :whip:

  8. sybil
      · January 29th, 2007 at 6:19 pm · Link

    weeeeeeeellllllllll jaci… my walmart stocked you… so :lmao:

  9. Jaci Burton
      · January 29th, 2007 at 9:31 pm · Link

    My Wal Mart is having Leigh Greenwood week, like Shan’s. They don’t stock me.

    I like Sybil’s Wal Mart better. :woot:

  10. sybil
      · January 29th, 2007 at 10:49 pm · Link

    I have to say my wally world does kick ass. They have you and Demon Angel (I can confirm both of these are in at least three walmarts in san antonio). They have carried all of Emma Holly’s MM. They even had Lisa Valdez’s Passion with the word erotica on the cover and all.

    Who knew…:boogie:

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