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Would you read a fiction novel with terrible grammar but excellent storytelling?
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Posted 8/17/16 , edited 8/18/16
How bad of grammar are we talking? If it is so bad that it is constantly disruptive, it doesn't matter how good the story is, I won't finish reading it.
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Posted 8/17/16 , edited 8/18/16
Nope. Grammar measures the intelligence that the writer has with the language they are writing in, before any kind of story is even considered.
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Posted 8/17/16 , edited 8/18/16
I've read a few translations of Russian books that were terribly translated, so badly I have no idea how the publishers allowed it to get published.

I remember a novel that took place in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series that was translated, and I suffered through the poorly translated text because I love all things S.T.A.L.K.E.R. except for having to spell it out...

I can forgive poor translations, but if it is an English speaking writer who just writes poorly, I'm not sure I would suffer through it. Chances are if the writer is that bad at writing, it's unlikely they'd be able to craft a decent story.
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Posted 8/18/16 , edited 8/18/16
I have. Three books in a series in fact. It is called The Illuminatus Trilogy, Sentence structure, grammar, and most conventions of storytelling in general are tossed out the window. Points of view will change mid-paragraph. Words will be made up. It is not told in a linear fashion. These are stylistic choices as it is largely told as a train of thought piece loaded with drugs, sex, and conspiracy theories.
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Posted 8/18/16 , edited 8/18/16
Honestly I think it would put me off.
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Posted 8/18/16 , edited 8/18/16
Grammar is part of storytelling. Basic grammar mistakes pull me out of a story super fast.
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Posted 8/18/16 , edited 8/18/16
Possibly. It depends on how bad the grammar is, and how good the story is.

Keep in mind, though, that grammar and punctuation are part of good story telling; a comma here, a semicolon there, and other conventions make a difference in how we, as readers, "hear" the narrator or characters.

EDIT: is anyone else getting a hyperlink on 'punctuation' in the above comment? I'm trying to figure out if whatever adware has infected my computer actually changed my comment, or if it's just showing me ads.
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Posted 8/18/16 , edited 8/18/16
It depends on how bad the grammar is. If it is so bad that you have trouble comprehending what is being conveyed or that you're mentally correcting every single sentence then it's no good reading it at all.

Note I'm I'm excluding those that purposely use vernacular. After a while you can pick up the particular set rules of the spoken word for this.
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Posted 8/18/16 , edited 8/18/16
High standards so it needs to have both or no go...

I hate to see a book murdered with terrible grammar.
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Posted 8/18/16 , edited 8/19/16
No, I wouldn't do it. To me, both good grammar and good storytelling are necessary. Also, if a writer's grammar is terrible I don't think he would be a good storyteller, anyway. I mean, maybe you have good ideas for a story. However, that doesn't matter if I can't understand what you're trying to convey because the writing is unintelligible. On the other hand, it still a annoyance if the mistakes aren't too serious but they appear too often.

In short, I think good grammar is a must for a book. Of course, writers can rely on editors to detect and correct any mistake. Though, they still need to write fairly well; editors can't make miracles, after all.
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Posted 8/20/16 , edited 8/21/16
Nah, I would have a cringe attack a sentence in.
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Posted 8/21/16 , edited 8/21/16
no i cant.

/no i cant do that/ *he said*.
/but why not am i no pretty enuf for youe?/ she said *as she pulled down her shirt exposing her 36dd bra with pokadots on it*.
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Posted 8/21/16 , edited 8/21/16
Probably not, unless it was intentionally written in such a way for an artistic effect? Although even then that'd be rather unusual, and is unheard of as far as what I know, it just doesn't make much sense, it's like being served sushi will all the proper ingredients, but completely defiled and torn apart, at least the way I see it.

Posted 8/21/16 , edited 8/21/16
Catcher in the rye , I ended up turning it into origami before half way.
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Posted 8/21/16 , edited 8/21/16
Yes. I would personally Recommend Tails Gets Trolled.
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