Sunday, June 09, 2013
Just a note.
Yesterday I was asking elsewhere whether any authors had REALLY said, "All adverbs are bad, all the time" and someone posted that both Mark Twain and Stephen King had said it.
The trouble with internet quotes is, of course:
"Don't believe everything you see quoted on the internet"
Does anyone out there have access to actual quotes, not someone's internet post?
If you read the opening to Huckleberry Finn, there are about four adverbs in the first paragraph
First half page of King's The Green Mile
was there, too, of course
went out in a hurry
finally hit home
glared in the summer sun like a delirious eyeball
die under her free name
dies of heart failure
She was going by as indifferently as she might have gone by a couple of cows.
—Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
In SK's case I think he hates -ly adverbs. He uses adverbial phrases all the time and plenty of adjectives