I’m pretty sure Jack London is one of the more saltier authors in history, so I’m always surprised at how flowing and beautifully descriptive his books are. There’s a believability in his details, which is something that falls flat with newer literature. Descriptive writing sometimes gets mixed up with metaphors and in the year 2013 metaphors almost seem comical at times unless they are timed just right. I recently read a book – “An International Best Seller!” that went into great detail about scenes that were neither important nor interesting and then page after page I got slammed with a metaphor. I couldn’t finish it. I was 3/4 into the story and I had to put it down. It is with great remorse that I say this too because there were some really good parts to the story, but the flowery was killing me with details and metaphors that seemed out of place and made me laugh out loud.
I may be the only one who thinks metaphors are hilarious, but if you also get cracked up about metaphors – or a particular metaphor sends you over the edge…do share!