It is F- day on the A to Z Blogger Challenge, and I am, yet again, about to post about a controversial subject. Perhaps that should be my personal theme for this month long challenge -- Controversy. But if it gets us writers talking to each other . . . brainstorming about different POV's and writing styles, then I am all for it. So her it goes.
F is for F#*!
Alright, so the use of the f-bomb has been a source of a lot of discussion lately when it comes to YA writing. The opinions run the gamut from totally unacceptable in any form to if it fits with the character's situations and the general direction of the dialogue, then it is okay. I have seen published authors, agents, even editors chime in on this issue and the consensus seems to be that so long as it is not tossed into the ms merely for shock value, then it works.
I tend to agree, but I should qualify that by saying that all genres lend themselves to "language." Would I toss a crap-load of profanities into a fairy tale or even a YA romance? Probably not. Would I ever put them into a MG or Faith-based novel? Hell no! But a dark, contemporary Dystopian or an edgy YA Contemporary -- well if written right and placed appropriately, then the profanities can actually aid you in character development, give the reader a glimpse of the character's internal struggle with some insurmountable, external force.
So weigh in guys, what is your take on profanities in YA literature?