Welcome to the Historical Fiction Online forums: a friendly place to discuss, review and discover historical fiction.
If this is your first visit, please be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above.
You will have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed.
To start viewing posts, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.

Turkey City HF?

Got a question/comment about the business of writing or about the publishing industry? Here's your place to post it!
User avatar
Kveto from Prague
Compulsive Reader
Location: Prague, Bohemia

Postby Kveto from Prague » Sun July 18th, 2010, 4:52 am

very good stuff, Annis. Should be required reading for all novelists :-)

annis
Bibliomaniac

Postby annis » Sun July 18th, 2010, 6:33 am

Warning, though, Keny-- once you've read the Turkey City Lexicon your brain goes on "turkey alert" and you spot them everywhere :)

I've just come across a "lacriform* gem" in the book I'm currently reading and thinking- "uh-oh, Roget's Disease turkey alert":
The ludicrous overuse of far-fetched adjectives, piled into a festering, fungal, tenebrous, troglodytic, ichorous, leprous, synonymic heap

*(Why not use "tear-drop shaped"?)

User avatar
Kveto from Prague
Compulsive Reader
Location: Prague, Bohemia

Postby Kveto from Prague » Sun July 18th, 2010, 9:58 am

"annis" wrote:Warning, though, Keny-- once you've read the Turkey City Lexicon your brain goes on "turkey alert" and you spot them everywhere :)

"?)


i was just thinking that.

as this list was written with SF in mind, i was thinking it might be interesting for us to come up with our own list of Turkeys with HF in mind.

for instance, i dont know a good name for it, but when a well known historical personage makes a cameo type appearance which does not advance the plot in the least. just a "hey, look who it is!" like a cameo in a film. ie could also work with a famous historical event.

thomas a beckets appearance in "pillars of the earth" felt like a cameo to me.

annis
Bibliomaniac

Postby annis » Sun July 18th, 2010, 9:56 pm

The Marquee Historical Figure Red Herring "turkey", maybe? :)


Return to “The Writing Business”