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Good plots spoiled by careless editing.
on 26 November 2012
I generally enjoy Romantic fiction, especially of the Regency period.
This review encompasses all four books of "The Brides of Bath" series.
The basic plots are intriguing and the interactions of the main characters satisfactory.
Sadly, my reading experience was negatively affected by the extremely careless spelling and poor use of the English language.
There appears to be an over-reliance on Spell-Check. Is this the fault of the author or very careless editors and editing?
I suspect the latter.
You don't "pour" over a book or document, you "pore". "Inquire instead of "enquire" or vice-versa and many other instances!
"I should like for you to......." instead of "I should like you to........". Why is the use of the word "for" allowed in this context?
It is totally superfluous.
There are many other similar grammatical solecisms.
Authors and, particularly editors, would be well advised to read books by Georgette Heyer and Jane Austin to appreciate correct English
usage and spelling.
I realise these Romances are mainly directed toward a female readership, the vast majority North American.
They are not intended to be high literature. but for an enjoyable read - a few hours pleasant escapism.
Nevertheless these readers deserve much higher standards of care in editing.
In my opinion, they are being demeaned.