– My writing professor
1) The Unintended Romance: one person turned in a piece that had a paragraph including the words “the sun delicately kissing her skin,” “white teeth flashed in his olive-skinned face,” and “thick muscles and strong torso flexed as he picked her up.”
The teacher asked us all to review it and determine what was wrong with the paragraph. Some people said that some alliteration threw them off, other said it was an imagery technique. I said it sounded more like ripped-bodices-and-heaving-bosoms writing than what she was going for (a murder mystery). It’s good she and I get along because half of the class gasped/blushed and murmured things like, “Oh dear!” while she burst out laughing.
2) Teen Angst: Another girl (a rather rude one who has to have the last word in every group review we do, and likes to toss her editing experience in people’s teeth) turned in a piece that took place in a high school science class between a completely uninteresting girl and a boy acting strangely and awkwardly, seeming tormented by a secret pain. My pal (the bodice ripper) piped up immediately and said one word: “Twilight?”
The whole room dissolved into hysterics and debate. Some people tittered quietly to themselves while one or two started roaring about how amazing the Twilight series was and everyone else wouldn’t know great literature if it smacked them in the face! Others countered that it was adolescent fiction and no more, while some snapped that young adult writers have produced some first-rate literature, though not Twilight they hurried to say. The writer was mortified, while our teacher seemed secretly delighted.