I love watching the TV soap opera Emmerdale. Being a Yorkshire lass it’s my guilty pleasure and I love it, I do however HATE the fact that no one swears. None of them. EVER! Even when the cows escape!
Is that bad of me?
Let me put it into context.
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t swear (apart from my mum – who incidentally still tries to ground me when I swear and I’m 33!) Imagine dropping a hammer on your toe – the most natural response is surely “sh*t” and not “upsy-daisy” – isn’t it?
If you found out someone had cheated on you, or tried to kill your dad, or set you up for a crime you didn’t commit, which happens all the time in Emmerdale by the way, surely the occasional “fu*k” or “shi*t” or “bit*ch” would pass your lips?
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want every other word to be a swear word but for me personally, I fully expect a crime/psychological thriller or a police procedural to include swear words. It makes it more real, the characters more human and the book as a whole more believable.
But what are your thoughts? Should authors still censor their writing? Would you stop reading an author who did use swear words? Would you stop reading an author who didn’t use swear words? And if a book does contain swear words, should it come with a warning or a rating?
Let me know in the comments below x