Here’s a question for all of you to ponder, straight from my adventures working on the new magnum opus.
If the language of a book puts the author squarely in George Carlin’s corner (“No bad words. Just bad thoughts.”), does the author owe it to the reader to drop his or her first F bomb on the first page?
Think about that. Assuming the book doesn’t say “Gritty” on the cover, and you are a bit squeamish at characters with potty-mouths, should the author do something up front to let you know that, yes, the characters and even the author might be a tad salty?
Mind you, going the “Explicit Lyrics” route is not an option. If you’re picking up a book in the bookstore, you’re a big person. You already have heard bad words, possibly used them, and know that they exist in some books.