Saturday, February 26, 2011

Is alliteration always attractive?

I've always been a fan of bouncy prose, I love reading the lyrical writing of writers like P.G.Wodehouse but have never dared to presume that I have the ability to get away with the alliteration of swinging silly syllables in my own work.

But occasionally I fail to resist the temptation (see below) and while I try and make sure my writing is appealing to a broad audience I love occasionally indulging myself and having a bit of a muck about with words. The example below is from a book I'm working on at the moment.

What guilty pleasures are lurking in your writing?

"So Sam and Charlie zipped their coats up and settled down to a late supper of improbably flavoured potato chips and chemical warfare inspired fizzy pop.  Literature is literally and liberally littered with loads of lovely stories of souls overlooking personal differences, and fortunately finding that when faced with formidable feisty foes they can fight shoulder to shoulder for a common cause.  In George Orwell’s ‘1984’ folk founded friendships as a reaction to fascist forces, in that car park, on that night Sam and Charlie found common ground over foul foods."