Today I thought we'd talk about swearing.
I review YA. Some YA books have a fair amount of cursing, while others don't.
Everyone has a different comfort level with profanity. A little swearing in a book aimed at teens or adults doesn't bother me. But I also think it's fine if a YA book decides not to include it. A "realistic" amount of cursing in YA would probably be too much for me.
This study claims that the average YA book contains 38 instances of cursing -- which seems high to me -- and found that characters who cursed were better looking and of higher social status.
Then there's the fake-swear. You know it from movies dubbed for TV or "clean" versions of songs on iTunes: the word that takes the place of the curse word.There are whole internet sites devoted to the best dubbing replacements. Here are some of my favorites:
"Give me the keys, you fairy godmother." From the Usual Suspects
"Pardon my French, but you're an aardvark." From Ferris Bueller's Day Off
I learned recently from this blog post that invented profanity is also common in sci-fi -- who knew? Have you heard these?
Frak -- Battlestar Galactica
Gorram -- Firefly
Kark -- Star Wars: Legacy
Frell --- Starscape (Thanks to Suz for chiming in with this one!)
Below is my list of faux-profanity in YA.
I'll publish the answers to my curse quiz on Sunday in Extra! Extra! and give credit to anyone who gets them all right :)
This Freebie Friday is over, but check back next week for more fun discussion. The answers to the quiz are here -- in my Extra! Extra! post for Sunday, September 30.