Saturday, March 15, 2008

Bad writing

"It was a dark and stormy night...." Bad writing, right?

I don't think so. It creates a clear visual of the scene in my head. Some nights there's a lot of cloud cover but no rain, which reflects back the city light; if it's snowing, it can be pretty bright at night.

Other nights it's clear but the moon is full. But when it's both cloudy and the rain is coming down hard, and the wind is blowing, that's a dark night all right.

Sometimes, I think I'm an alien. This is one of them.

1 comment:

Rory said...

Not really, but the whole quote:
"It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents--except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness."
Was pretty bad.IWADASN was just short hand.