Tuesday, March 22, 2011

C'mon baby, let's get to it. Strike a prose, there's nothing to it....

Let's talk about prose, bay-bee.  (Ok, I'm done with the 90's song references...for now)

Seriously, let's talk about prose, because I am really confused.  I won Delirium by Lauren Oliver in a contest.  I started looking into it and kept seeing comments about it being written in prose.  For some reason my mind went to poetry, but whatever.  A lot of the reviews on Goodreads commented about the book being written in prose. A LOT. 

So I started reading it (I loved it by the way) but it just seemed like another book to me.  Maybe it's my lack of education, I don't know.  So I started looking into "prose" and all I can find is that it's basically the most common way of writing and most books are written this way.  If this is the case, what's the big deal?  There are comments on Goodreads that say things like "Oliver has mastered writing in prose" or "the prose is beautifully written".  It's a beautifully written book, don't get me wrong...but I just don't get it.

Am I missing something? If so, can someone please explain to me what I am missing?  If prose is most common, what other types of writing are books being written in?  HELP!

PS - hope you're having a great week!


  1. My def is a book where you want to highlight as you read because the language is unique - I use the same definition for literary fic, so I'm probably not the best person to help :)

  2. lol. I think it is just a way to sound important. I dunno. Good point. Maybe we could get some clarification with some crayolas or something. :) I'm on your side, sister!

  3. I have absolutely no idea. There are so many technical writing terms that I'm still learning...and this is not one of them yet. I'd love an explanation. I read the book too and didn't notice anything extra special. Hmmm. Sorry I couldn't help.