History Main / PurpleProse

17th Aug '17 7:48:05 AM joxo
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* Tim Rogers. He either believes himself to be the second coming of Creator/HunterSThompson, or he is gaming journalism's biggest prank. His writing is a fine tapestry of {{Author Filibuster}}s couched in language like this.
** The truth is a bit of both. Rogers has two "personas" which he uses both in real life and in his writing: "Games Journalist" Tim, a semi-fictionalized persona, is a [[SmallNameBigEgo narcissistic]] JerkAss gaming-{{Otaku}}/hipster who writes the verbose, ranting, sardonic articles for which he has become [[LoveItOrHateIt famous/infamous]] among fans and proponents of New Games Journalism. "Real" Tim (known mostly to his friends and dedicated fans) shares many qualities with his fictionalized counterpart, but is (slightly) more restrained as a writer and allegedly a decent (if self-centered and/or crazy) guy.
6th Aug '17 11:16:32 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Creator/AleisterCrowley [[InvokedTrope wrote in this style intentionally]] [[GenreSavvy in the hopes that his writings would be remembered.]]

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* Creator/AleisterCrowley [[InvokedTrope wrote in this style intentionally]] [[GenreSavvy intentionally in the hopes that his writings would be remembered.]]
3rd Aug '17 4:06:42 AM XenMon2
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--->"Here is your compensation and a little fuel and a few barrels of biscuits what a certain other captain has widely surrendered for the common good. I will take the good wors to my patron and if I am a man of my word we will see each other again. Unless a whale eats you of course in which case I 'ope you will not think poorly of me for wishing that we will not."

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--->"Here is your compensation and a little fuel and a few barrels of biscuits what a certain other captain has widely surrendered for the common good. I will take the good wors word to my patron and if I am a man of my word we will see each other again. Unless a whale eats you of course in which case I 'ope you will not think poorly of me for wishing that we will not."
3rd Aug '17 4:06:13 AM XenMon2
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-->"Here is your compensation and a little fuel and a few barrels of biscuits what a certain other captain has widely surrendered for the common good. I will take the good wors to my patron and if I am a man of my word we will see each other again. Unless a whale eats you of course in which case I 'ope you will not think poorly of me for wishing that we will not."

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-->"Here --->"Here is your compensation and a little fuel and a few barrels of biscuits what a certain other captain has widely surrendered for the common good. I will take the good wors to my patron and if I am a man of my word we will see each other again. Unless a whale eats you of course in which case I 'ope you will not think poorly of me for wishing that we will not."
3rd Aug '17 4:05:48 AM XenMon2
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** The Blind Bruiser in spinoff ''VideoGame/SunlessSea'' tends to fall into this, combining SesquipedalianLoquaciousness (including some rather obscure but correctly applied words) and an excessively roundabout, overly polite manner of speech with odd constructions like "honest conveyage" and "bomb vwoyi-arge", informal grammar, DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment turns of phrase, and the occasional WeirdAside.
-->"Here is your compensation and a little fuel and a few barrels of biscuits what a certain other captain has widely surrendered for the common good. I will take the good wors to my patron and if I am a man of my word we will see each other again. Unless a whale eats you of course in which case I 'ope you will not think poorly of me for wishing that we will not."
30th Jul '17 2:17:33 AM Piterpicher
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* HermanMelville was accused of this in most of the original 1851 reviews of ''Literature/MobyDick''. Seventy years later, just after the world woke up from hurling itself down a path psychologically similar to the novel's captain, critics began [[VindicatedByHistory revising their opinion]] slightly. However, the verisimilitude of the artistic theme does not alter the hue of the text. {{Justified|Trope}}--Ishmael, the narrator, is implied to be a former school teacher, which explains his overtly intellectual language.

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* HermanMelville Creator/HermanMelville was accused of this in most of the original 1851 reviews of ''Literature/MobyDick''. Seventy years later, just after the world woke up from hurling itself down a path psychologically similar to the novel's captain, critics began [[VindicatedByHistory revising their opinion]] slightly. However, the verisimilitude of the artistic theme does not alter the hue of the text. {{Justified|Trope}}--Ishmael, the narrator, is implied to be a former school teacher, which explains his overtly intellectual language.
27th Jul '17 3:38:24 PM Willbyr
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* The narration of the [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse four-part series]] about [[StarWars Biggs Darklighter]], Luke's friend, sure does love overwrought metaphors. It usually works all right, but now and again [[http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/8443/blz07.jpg gets]] [[http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/5131/blz10.jpg a]] [[http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/1857/blz11.jpg little]] [[http://community.livejournal.com/wraithsquadron/83177.html ridiculous]].

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* The narration of the [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse four-part series]] about [[StarWars [[Franchise/StarWars Biggs Darklighter]], Luke's friend, sure does love overwrought metaphors. It usually works all right, but now and again [[http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/8443/blz07.jpg gets]] [[http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/5131/blz10.jpg a]] [[http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/1857/blz11.jpg little]] [[http://community.livejournal.com/wraithsquadron/83177.html ridiculous]].
25th Jul '17 9:50:35 AM Gosicrystal
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In response, the writer chooses to indulge in the writing technique known to gentlefolk as PurpleProse, wherein the writing becomes much more florid, [[SelfDemonstratingArticle eschewing quotidian sentences for elaborate concatenation of phrases and clauses. On occasion, such racks of ornament can be despicable, with the scintillating adjectives bewildering the reader and obfuscating the subject.]][[note]]Even looking words up in a dictionary doesn't always help: perpetrators of purple prose are notorious for {{Malaprop|er}}ism, especially when they trust their thesauri.[[/note]] In the worst case scenario, such prose will reduce readers to skim-reading for fear of trudging through pages and pages of mundane description slowly and painfully, just as violet-tinted patches on a garment incompatibly hued are agonizing for a human being's photon detectors.

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In response, the writer chooses to indulge in the writing technique known to gentlefolk as PurpleProse, Purple Prose, wherein the writing becomes much more florid, [[SelfDemonstratingArticle eschewing quotidian sentences for elaborate concatenation of phrases and clauses. On occasion, such racks of ornament can be despicable, with the scintillating adjectives bewildering the reader and obfuscating the subject.]][[note]]Even looking words up in a dictionary doesn't always help: perpetrators of purple prose are notorious for {{Malaprop|er}}ism, especially when they trust their thesauri.[[/note]] In the worst case scenario, such prose will reduce readers to skim-reading for fear of trudging through pages and pages of mundane description slowly and painfully, just as violet-tinted patches on a garment incompatibly hued are agonizing for a human being's photon detectors.



Several excellent examples, things of beauty and confusion, can be found on the [[Quotes/PurpleProse quotes page]]. This trope does not cover works in a ''florid'' but not ''intrusive'' style -- the sacrifice of Utility on the altar of Eloquence is an essential feature of Purple Prose. It should also be noted that PurpleProse usually pairs flamboyant vocabulary with fairly plain grammar (that can get outright primitive in extreme cases) which differentiates it from true SesquipedalianLoquaciousness. Bear in mind that TropesAreTools. Some of the examples below are intentional: the Purple Prose is a stylistic choice, a comedic turn or in aid of characterisation.

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Several excellent examples, things of beauty and confusion, can be found on the [[Quotes/PurpleProse quotes page]]. This trope does not cover works in a ''florid'' but not ''intrusive'' style -- the sacrifice of Utility on the altar of Eloquence is an essential feature of Purple Prose. It should also be noted that PurpleProse Purple Prose usually pairs flamboyant vocabulary with fairly plain grammar (that can get outright primitive in extreme cases) which differentiates it from true SesquipedalianLoquaciousness. Bear in mind that TropesAreTools. Some of the examples below are intentional: the Purple Prose is a stylistic choice, a comedic turn or in aid of characterisation.



* The ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' fanfics relating to Gwen and Kevin tend to have PurpleProse, either how [[PossessionSue smoking hot]] Gwen is (while she is pretty in universe, Kevin has never called her smoking hot) or how [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys hunky Kevin Levin is]], [[DemotedToExtra Ben Tennyson]] the main character of the show isn't even described with purple prose!

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* The ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' fanfics relating to Gwen and Kevin tend to have PurpleProse, Purple Prose, either how [[PossessionSue smoking hot]] Gwen is (while she is pretty in universe, Kevin has never called her smoking hot) or how [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys hunky Kevin Levin is]], [[DemotedToExtra Ben Tennyson]] the main character of the show isn't even described with purple prose!



* ''Literature/{{Lolita}}'' is a justified example: the purple prose is Humbert's, who is an insufferable academic with delusions of grandeur and trying to make himself seem sympathetic. The PurpleProse is really ridiculous at times -- he manages to make ''picking a wedgie ''seem elegant and gorgeous.

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* ''Literature/{{Lolita}}'' is a justified example: the purple prose is Humbert's, who is an insufferable academic with delusions of grandeur and trying to make himself seem sympathetic. The PurpleProse Purple Prose is really ridiculous at times -- he manages to make ''picking a wedgie ''seem elegant and gorgeous.



* PlayedWith in ''Literature/MadameBovary''. Creator/GustaveFlaubert used PurpleProse to convey the characters' overly romantic hopes and dreams before describing in a much more caustic tone how they inevitably come crashing down when confronted with reality.

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* PlayedWith in ''Literature/MadameBovary''. Creator/GustaveFlaubert used PurpleProse Purple Prose to convey the characters' overly romantic hopes and dreams before describing in a much more caustic tone how they inevitably come crashing down when confronted with reality.



* In dialogue Creator/RudyardKipling and Creator/HRiderHaggard tend to render the language of Westerners in colloquial and the language of non-westerners in PurpleProse. The apparent oddity of a StreetUrchin like ''Literature/{{Kim}}'' jeering at people with "thees" and "thous" is a translation convention, however, reflecting that Urdu and Hindustani make a distinction between a familiar second person singular ("thou"), which standard modern English has lost, and a formal, polite use of the second person plural ("you") when talking to a single person.

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* In dialogue Creator/RudyardKipling and Creator/HRiderHaggard tend to render the language of Westerners in colloquial and the language of non-westerners in PurpleProse.Purple Prose. The apparent oddity of a StreetUrchin like ''Literature/{{Kim}}'' jeering at people with "thees" and "thous" is a translation convention, however, reflecting that Urdu and Hindustani make a distinction between a familiar second person singular ("thou"), which standard modern English has lost, and a formal, polite use of the second person plural ("you") when talking to a single person.



* Whenever Creator/ShigesatoItoi showed up as a guest judge on ''Series/IronChef'', he was dubbed in such a way that gave him the most over-the-top PurpleProse elaboration possible on how good the food was.

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* Whenever Creator/ShigesatoItoi showed up as a guest judge on ''Series/IronChef'', he was dubbed in such a way that gave him the most over-the-top PurpleProse Purple Prose elaboration possible on how good the food was.



* In his 2001 song "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore" Music/EltonJohn sings a line about PurpleProse. The song's lyrics detail John's coming to terms with getting older, and his admission that he has "put one over" on his fans because he was unable to feel the music he was giving to them.

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* In his 2001 song "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore" Music/EltonJohn sings a line about PurpleProse.Purple Prose. The song's lyrics detail John's coming to terms with getting older, and his admission that he has "put one over" on his fans because he was unable to feel the music he was giving to them.



* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': Install the [=FlagRSP=] or [=MyRolePlay=] addon, login to any role-playing server, and look at player character descriptions. A lot of them fall into either short and badly written without a single word spelled right, or a PurpleProse laden opus about luscious bosoms, voluptuous curves and delicate eyelashes, especially if you happened to look for players in areas frequented by [[MarySue Mary Sues]], such as Goldshire, Stormwind's Cathedral Square, or Silvermoon.\\\

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* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': Install the [=FlagRSP=] or [=MyRolePlay=] addon, login to any role-playing server, and look at player character descriptions. A lot of them fall into either short and badly written without a single word spelled right, or a PurpleProse Purple Prose laden opus about luscious bosoms, voluptuous curves and delicate eyelashes, especially if you happened to look for players in areas frequented by [[MarySue Mary Sues]], such as Goldshire, Stormwind's Cathedral Square, or Silvermoon.\\\



* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' has free-text character descriptions built in. They fall into either short and badly written without a single word spelled right, or a PurpleProse about luscious bosoms, voluptuous curves and delicate eyelashes -- same as RPG servers in ''World of Warcraft''.

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* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' has free-text character descriptions built in. They fall into either short and badly written without a single word spelled right, or a PurpleProse Purple Prose about luscious bosoms, voluptuous curves and delicate eyelashes -- same as RPG servers in ''World of Warcraft''.



* ''VideoGame/TheCompanyOfMyself'' not only contains such PurpleProse, because even the preloader and the volume control have it.

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* ''VideoGame/TheCompanyOfMyself'' not only contains such PurpleProse, Purple Prose, because even the preloader and the volume control have it.



* [[http://xkcd.com/483 This]] ''Webcomic/{{Xkcd}}'' strip (more of a graph really) mocks the use of PurpleProse and made up fantasy words in fiction

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* [[http://xkcd.com/483 This]] ''Webcomic/{{Xkcd}}'' strip (more of a graph really) mocks the use of PurpleProse Purple Prose and made up fantasy words in fiction



* PurpleProse is practically the first language of Rose Lalonde of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', who extensively uses it (both literally and [[VisualPun figuratively]]) when talking over the IM client Pesterchum. A notorious instance is her wizardly writing journal [[spoiler:(later a popular book series post-ResetButton)]], [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003752 "Complacency of the Learned"]], written ''[[VisualPun entirely in purple text]]'' Or as she would put it, [[InsistentTerminology "velvet".]] Another outstanding example is her Website/GameFAQs walkthrough for [[TheGamePlaysYou Sburb]]. [[ColonyDrop The game is trying to kill you]]! Your audience could be DEAD by the time they get through your longwinded introduction! And this is after she went to the effort of keeping it "short".

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* PurpleProse Purple Prose is practically the first language of Rose Lalonde of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', who extensively uses it (both literally and [[VisualPun figuratively]]) when talking over the IM client Pesterchum. A notorious instance is her wizardly writing journal [[spoiler:(later a popular book series post-ResetButton)]], [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003752 "Complacency of the Learned"]], written ''[[VisualPun entirely in purple text]]'' Or as she would put it, [[InsistentTerminology "velvet".]] Another outstanding example is her Website/GameFAQs walkthrough for [[TheGamePlaysYou Sburb]]. [[ColonyDrop The game is trying to kill you]]! Your audience could be DEAD by the time they get through your longwinded introduction! And this is after she went to the effort of keeping it "short".



* The traffic and sponsor sections of ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' veer into PurpleProse quite often, as well as [[TheNarrator Cecil's]] florid descriptions of [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman Carlos's]] hair.

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* The traffic and sponsor sections of ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' veer into PurpleProse Purple Prose quite often, as well as [[TheNarrator Cecil's]] florid descriptions of [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman Carlos's]] hair.
25th Jul '17 9:48:11 AM Gosicrystal
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** Redd White too:
--->'''Redd White:''' Allow me to furnish you with the title of my personage.

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** Redd White too:
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loves to speak this way, sometimes even making up words and confusing those who listen to him.
--->'''White:'''
Allow me to furnish you with the title of my personage.
15th Jul '17 7:34:21 PM Malady
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* ''Literature/{{Awoken}}''. Anything regarding Cthulhu/[[spoiler:Riley]], is rendered in a mix of this and TotallyRadical, and especially if it concerns [[KaleidoscopeEyes his eyes]]. Or rather, to put it in the author's words, his "two glistering orbs of eternity except on a cyclopean creature of wonder".

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* ''Literature/{{Awoken}}''. Anything regarding Cthulhu/[[spoiler:Riley]], is rendered in a mix of this and TotallyRadical, and especially if it concerns [[KaleidoscopeEyes his eyes]].eyes. Or rather, to put it in the author's words, his "two glistering orbs of eternity except on a cyclopean creature of wonder".



* ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' has Mr Nutt, an erudite goblin/[[spoiler: orc]] who uses purple prose as his main form of speech. Being a Creator/TerryPratchett book, this is PlayedForLaughs.

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* ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' has Mr Nutt, an erudite goblin/[[spoiler: orc]] goblin/[[spoiler:orc]] who uses purple prose as his main form of speech. Being a Creator/TerryPratchett book, this is PlayedForLaughs.
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