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Posted 8/18/16
Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
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So, would you read a fiction novel with excellent grammar but has a terrible storytelling?


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Posted 8/18/16
No, what's the point
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Posted 8/18/16

stars201 wrote:

No, what's the point


So you prefer the best of both worlds?
Posted 8/18/16 , edited 8/18/16
I mean, I don't think I've ever been "wowed" by someone's grammar. Maybe somewhere out there, there's a Leonardo Davinci level grammarist, turning making coherent sentences and structured paragraphs a work of art in itself, changing whatever they write into something well worth reading just to be amazed by their beautiful grammary.

But I highly doubt that.
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Posted 8/19/16 , edited 8/19/16
Going back to what was said in your other thread, grammar is a component of storytelling, and is important. Compared to other pieces of the puzzle, though, it is only a small one. So no, I will not read something that is poorly written overall just because the grammar happens to be in order.

Also, it would help if you could clarify what 'good grammar' is to you. If you mean stuff like "never split an infinitive," or "don't end sentences with prepositions," I take back everything I said.
Posted 8/19/16
What's the point of grammar if your story is butts?
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Posted 8/19/16 , edited 8/19/16
No, the story is everything. Books are always proofread before publishing anyway so the grammar will get fixed.
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Posted 8/19/16
Maybe the other way
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Posted 8/19/16 , edited 8/19/16
I get off to properly used semicolons.
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Posted 8/19/16 , edited 8/19/16
Probably not. What makes a story good is the actual elements of the story itself. The grammar being good, at least if it's professionally published, should be a given, anyway. Never have I seen a book receive a good review citing that while the story was horrible, the grammar and spelling was so correct that it deserved high praise. I appreciate good spelling and grammar as much as the next guy, but it doesn't determine entertainment value.
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Posted 8/19/16
the better question is would you read a fictional novel with terrible grammar but exceptional storytelling
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Posted 8/19/16
What's the point of reading a book if the story is bad?
Posted 8/19/16 , edited 8/19/16
You mean most of the books they give us in school to read? No. Not if I had a choice in the matter.
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Posted 8/19/16
i've read lots of stories with excellent grammar but bad storytelling

like most classical american fiction
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Not if I could avoid it.
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