Has anyone witnessed the extravagant use of periods lately? It’s as though they are a penny a piece.
I first noticed the dropping of periods like sheep poo in my daughter’s writing. I told her periods – dots – weren’t meant to be used that way. They belong at the end of sentences and on top of lower case I and J. You can also use them to pause . . . to think . . . and then you can use three at once!
She said books she read used periods like that all the time. She’s thirteen and reads books targeted at girls her age who love horses. She doesn’t enjoy many of the books for teens because, as she says, “They’re all about death or dying. Boring.” However, she did read the Twilightseries. Those books weren’t about death though some people in them were dead.
I wonder if this first happened in Twilight and if so, were people trying to copy it because of the millions of dollars the books generated in sales. My daughter said it did appear in Twilight, but she was certain it happened only once. Other books not in the series used it much more.
Still, I’m befuddled. No book I’ve read tossed around periods like it was scratch for chickens. Is this how authors writing for teens slow things down and put emphasis on Every. Word? Do they think teens Need. This. Because. Of. Texting? Or. Because. Their. Brains. Aren’t. Equipped. To. Handle. Long. Sentences? Perhaps it is the Short. Attention. Spans of Some. Teens.
But. Wait. There’s. More.
I recently received an e-newsletter I subscribe to and the first sentence read: If I had a penny for Every. Time. I. Heard. This. I would be sailing around in the Caribbean on my yacht.
That looks ridiculous to me, and so many hard stops so close makes me feel like I’m pumping the brakes. Hard. Has period tossing now entered the adult writing world?
What do you think? Have you read books that over-use periods for emphasis? Does it annoy you? Do you or would you consider using them?