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    Nickvanderleek

    I don’t think you can generalise.  Christopher Hitchens’s God Is Not Great would be a sorrier work if it was less verbose, the same can be said for Wuthering Heights.  Sometimes making a work accessible also makes it seem cheap.   But plain beats pretentious every time.

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    Caryn Gootkin (in other words)

    I agree. That’s why I prefaced the guide with the following sentence:
    “If you are writing fiction, an opinion column or other words that readers may choose to read, personal expression will dictate your writing style.”
    But pretentious hardly ever works, no matter what the medium.  

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