Sometimes I wonder about authors and their editors. I’ve just recently started reading The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant, the novel which the movie Lawless was based on (and which in turn is based on the author’s family members’ lives), and for some reason they didn’t find the need for quotation marks. It isn’t as hard to get used to as I first expected, because the book is more narrative than dialogue, but the dialogue is still awkward once you realize, oh, Jack was saying that to Forrest instead of just observing Forrest.What I want to know is why authors /editors just ignore important punctuation. I haven’t read James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces, but I’ve heard that he avoids any and all punctuation and sense in his editing and grammar. Some liberties must be taken in writing, sure, I get that, but this is just too much. Whether you use a single or double quote, at least use one! Save being artistic and mysterious for poetry, not prose. Not fiction, novels that are meant to be enjoyed without getting eyestrain and headaches.
Maybe it’s just me, but that is a huge piss-off when I’m reading. I’m not too far into the book yet, but if the amount of dialogue increases with the lack of quotation marks, I’m going to have a hard time finishing it, despite being so stoked to read it. Does this bother anyone else, or is it just me?