I've noticed that this has been discussed in a couple of other threads, but I thought I would start a new thread just about this topic. Is it just me, or does it really bother anyone else that Karen NEVER (or hardly ever) uses contractions? I mean, come on, what 7-year old uses perfect grammar? I know she's smart for her age, but really, the fact that she never uses contractions seems a little far-fetched.
Kind of off topic, but it always bugged me a little bit that she insisted her Krushers t-shirt be spelled with a "C" instead of a "K".
"I worry about him [Tigger] whenever I go on vacation. There's always the possibility Sharon might wear him as an earring or use him to plunge the toilet." - Mary Anne, Amsterdam! Amsterdam!
^ I've actually never noticed the lack of contractions or been bothered by it. Until about a year ago, I assumed that all books had to use perfect grammar, though, so maybe that's why. And I used to not use contractions in my writing (not that you could tell this now with my "wonderful" grammar and punctuation and spelling on here ;D) but now do it just for convenience sake. My dad doesn't use them, either, because he does a lot of technical, professional writing so maybe this is why I never miss them in the LS books. In some ways, I think Karen is a perfectionist like I am, which is why I like her more and more as I see all the things I can relate to her on (including being a stickler for something like spelling ;D)
The lack of contractions bugged me a bit as a kid, but really bother me now. Even if Karen refused to write "can't" or "don't," I really can't envision a seven-year-old actually speaking so precisely. Plus ever since I read (and saw the movie based on) Loverboy, a child speaking like that kind of gives me a vicarious spine-chill.
I don't speak the way I write (use plenty of contractions while speaking and always have ;D) so maybe that is what Karen does too. But this is just me and I can see why some people are annoyed by the lack contractions (especially since I know how much you both "love" Karen anyway ;D)
Post by booboobrewer on Aug 10, 2007 16:26:18 GMT -5
Yeah, I don't know why Ann thought kids speak like that. I can understand "No I do not" or "No you cannot" once in awhile, but not all the time. Although I just read an LS recently where Karen actually said don't or can't or something. Plus, she used contractions from time to time in BSC, didn't she?
"I love pink and gold. I also like to eat." -Julie, Claudia and the Missing Jewels
^ I actually read a LS book (was looking for it this time) this morning where I noticed several contractions. I will have to keep my eyes open for this now - or maybe not since concentrating on things like this usually detracts from my enjoyment of the books. ;D
Post by moosieandgoosie on Aug 26, 2007 11:22:10 GMT -5
I hate the fact that Karen doesn't use contractions. It sounds so stilted and pretentious, and I absolutely cannot believe that a seven-year-old, or any native English speaker, would talk like that. Perhaps when contractions first came into use they were akin to slang or informal speech, but the use of contractions is so widespread today I think that concept is completely antiquated. The only place contractions are frowned upon today are in formal papers, and I think even this is utterly ridiculous.
Post by sotypical42483 on Aug 28, 2007 12:33:52 GMT -5
I wonder why they made that an aspect of her personality. To show much "smarter" she is than other kids? It just baffles me that they'd sit down and make the conscious attempt to make sure she doesn't use contractions.