Maybe it's me...

Firstly, I will admit my grammar and spelling isn't always up to par. But I'm noticing that in books I have read lately there are little errors that clearly got overlooked in the editing process.
Most books only have one, but one of the many books I have read lately had at least 3 in the whole book.
I know, I know it sounds petty but it really does irritate the crap out of me.
EG, "I placed the lighted candle carefully at Nyx's feet"
Does that sound right to anyone else? Surely that is some grammatical error that was missed in the editing process? And its only page 55 of the book, what else might I find hiding in there.

It's not to say that I'm not enjoying the books I read. But in years of reading I don't recall seeing errors, be they major or minor to this extent before. I am now reading my 15th book for the year and it seems to be a trend in books written since 2005, and only American authors (Surprisingly no errors in the book translated from Russian)

I also notice that some authors find a word they like and use it over and over again. Usually only in one book, but the last book and the one I am on to now have carried the excessive use of the word "ginomic"over two novels. Hopefully it fades out in the next one.

Edited to add... I also developed an unhealthy hatred for the word "glowered" after reading Twilight. Just another example of an author needing to use a thesaurus.

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Caz 4 April 2010 at 12:27 pm  

You're blogging again!

Cool, I like the template.

Widgets are the things on the left or right navigation bars, like blogrolls, or search engine for your blog or to Google.

With other templates, often you end up having to go into the XHTML code to change or add things manually, eg, my blog search engine, or if you want to change colours or fonts.

With the new Blogger, you can search for and add widgets, dead easy - blogging for simpletons.

Newspapers have heaps of errors now, even worse online. Journalists also have fashionable words. For a few years it was "hubris" - didn't matter if it was a newspaper here or in New York, they all rolled out "hubris" whenever and where ever they could. There are some new trends now, just can't think of them off the top of my head.

Editing of books pays poorly, and is so unprofessional now - not real editors, like back in the day ...

TimT 21 April 2010 at 9:37 am  

I was reading the Herald Sun editorial the other week and it actually stopped mid-sentence, the sub-editors/formatters/whatevers were so slack they didn't bother to check that the text fitted into the page! Sometimes editors can't even get the editorial right.

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Maybe it's me...
8:20 pm | Author: Chel
Firstly, I will admit my grammar and spelling isn't always up to par. But I'm noticing that in books I have read lately there are little errors that clearly got overlooked in the editing process.
Most books only have one, but one of the many books I have read lately had at least 3 in the whole book.
I know, I know it sounds petty but it really does irritate the crap out of me.
EG, "I placed the lighted candle carefully at Nyx's feet"
Does that sound right to anyone else? Surely that is some grammatical error that was missed in the editing process? And its only page 55 of the book, what else might I find hiding in there.

It's not to say that I'm not enjoying the books I read. But in years of reading I don't recall seeing errors, be they major or minor to this extent before. I am now reading my 15th book for the year and it seems to be a trend in books written since 2005, and only American authors (Surprisingly no errors in the book translated from Russian)

I also notice that some authors find a word they like and use it over and over again. Usually only in one book, but the last book and the one I am on to now have carried the excessive use of the word "ginomic"over two novels. Hopefully it fades out in the next one.

Edited to add... I also developed an unhealthy hatred for the word "glowered" after reading Twilight. Just another example of an author needing to use a thesaurus.
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2 comments:

On 4 April 2010 at 12:27 pm , Caz said...

You're blogging again!

Cool, I like the template.

Widgets are the things on the left or right navigation bars, like blogrolls, or search engine for your blog or to Google.

With other templates, often you end up having to go into the XHTML code to change or add things manually, eg, my blog search engine, or if you want to change colours or fonts.

With the new Blogger, you can search for and add widgets, dead easy - blogging for simpletons.

Newspapers have heaps of errors now, even worse online. Journalists also have fashionable words. For a few years it was "hubris" - didn't matter if it was a newspaper here or in New York, they all rolled out "hubris" whenever and where ever they could. There are some new trends now, just can't think of them off the top of my head.

Editing of books pays poorly, and is so unprofessional now - not real editors, like back in the day ...

 
On 21 April 2010 at 9:37 am , TimT said...

I was reading the Herald Sun editorial the other week and it actually stopped mid-sentence, the sub-editors/formatters/whatevers were so slack they didn't bother to check that the text fitted into the page! Sometimes editors can't even get the editorial right.

 

Maybe it's me...

Firstly, I will admit my grammar and spelling isn't always up to par. But I'm noticing that in books I have read lately there are little errors that clearly got overlooked in the editing process.
Most books only have one, but one of the many books I have read lately had at least 3 in the whole book.
I know, I know it sounds petty but it really does irritate the crap out of me.
EG, "I placed the lighted candle carefully at Nyx's feet"
Does that sound right to anyone else? Surely that is some grammatical error that was missed in the editing process? And its only page 55 of the book, what else might I find hiding in there.

It's not to say that I'm not enjoying the books I read. But in years of reading I don't recall seeing errors, be they major or minor to this extent before. I am now reading my 15th book for the year and it seems to be a trend in books written since 2005, and only American authors (Surprisingly no errors in the book translated from Russian)

I also notice that some authors find a word they like and use it over and over again. Usually only in one book, but the last book and the one I am on to now have carried the excessive use of the word "ginomic"over two novels. Hopefully it fades out in the next one.

Edited to add... I also developed an unhealthy hatred for the word "glowered" after reading Twilight. Just another example of an author needing to use a thesaurus.

2 comments:

Caz said...

You're blogging again!

Cool, I like the template.

Widgets are the things on the left or right navigation bars, like blogrolls, or search engine for your blog or to Google.

With other templates, often you end up having to go into the XHTML code to change or add things manually, eg, my blog search engine, or if you want to change colours or fonts.

With the new Blogger, you can search for and add widgets, dead easy - blogging for simpletons.

Newspapers have heaps of errors now, even worse online. Journalists also have fashionable words. For a few years it was "hubris" - didn't matter if it was a newspaper here or in New York, they all rolled out "hubris" whenever and where ever they could. There are some new trends now, just can't think of them off the top of my head.

Editing of books pays poorly, and is so unprofessional now - not real editors, like back in the day ...

TimT said...

I was reading the Herald Sun editorial the other week and it actually stopped mid-sentence, the sub-editors/formatters/whatevers were so slack they didn't bother to check that the text fitted into the page! Sometimes editors can't even get the editorial right.