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Some authors either don't understand this, or [[TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste choose to deliberately]] [[SubvertedTrope subvert it]]. They may describe every little unimportant thing in tremendous detail, which is known as PurpleProse. Or they may describe the important elements of a story in ways that you wouldn't normally think of, using bizarre metaphors or describing things unconventionally in their attempt to make a detail illustrate something of importance.

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Some authors either don't understand this, or [[TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste [[IntendedAudienceReaction choose to deliberately]] [[SubvertedTrope subvert it]]. They may describe every little unimportant thing in tremendous detail, which is known as PurpleProse. Or they may describe the important elements of a story in ways that you wouldn't normally think of, using bizarre metaphors or describing things unconventionally in their attempt to make a detail illustrate something of importance.



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* Blue van Meer, the narrator and protagonist of Marisha Pessl's ''Literature/SpecialTopicsInCalamityPhysics'', gives intense visual descriptions of her surroundings and other characters, frequently referring to movies and books, complete with author name and year of release/publication.



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* The IF game ''VideoGame/MaxBlasterAndDorisDeLightningAgainstTheParrotCreaturesOfVenus'' goes for this sort of description in an AffectionateParody of old pulp serials PurpleProse tendencies:
--> Making your way through the Venusian jungle is a bit like working security in the front rows of a rock concert mobbed by giant broccoli.



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* Blank, the narrator of ''AudioPlay/StrayAmi'' describes an unpleasant old lady as smelling like when you bite into a chocolate chip cookie and find it full of raisins.



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* Music/MCFrontalot's "You Got Asperger's" is a musical example where the trope is used very deliberately to try to illustrate the difficulties of Asperger syndrome. The POV character is painfully aware how easily he is distracted by details that are irrelevant to the situation at hand, and he struggles to stay focused enough to have a proper conversation with a girl he likes, rather than fixating on her hair ribbons.


* ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' features this now and then. The LemonyNarrator will sprinkle details about someone or something's appearance throughout a scene (possibly meant to imply that the Baudelaires are just noticing them).
* ''The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.'' - The first line of William Gibson's ''{{Neuromancer}}''.

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* ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' features this now and then. The LemonyNarrator will sprinkle details about someone or something's appearance throughout a scene (possibly meant to imply that the Baudelaires are just noticing them).
* ''The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.'' - The first line of William Gibson's ''{{Neuromancer}}''.''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}''.



* NeilGaiman does this particularly well in ''Literature/AnansiBoys'': ''If on seeing Graham Coats you immediately thought of an albino ferret in an expensive suit, you wouldn't be the first.''

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* NeilGaiman Creator/NeilGaiman does this particularly well in ''Literature/AnansiBoys'': ''If on seeing Graham Coats you immediately thought of an albino ferret in an expensive suit, you wouldn't be the first.''



* This trope is part of the SignatureStyle of DouglasAdams.

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* This trope is part of the SignatureStyle of DouglasAdams.Creator/DouglasAdams.


* Creator/ChuckPalahniuk, frequently, especially in ''Lullaby''.

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* Creator/ChuckPalahniuk, frequently, especially in ''Lullaby''.In Creator/ChuckPalahniuk's ''Literature/{{Lullaby}}'', the protagonist is a journalist who is always noting details.



** [[JustifiedTrope Because, of course,]] the protagonist is a journalist who repeatedly mentions the necessity of noting every detail of everything. So he does.


* ''It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.'' - Likewise, the first line of George Orwell's ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]''.
** That actually sets the tone pretty well for the whole book. It's just...''off.''

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* ''It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.'' - Likewise, the first line of George Orwell's ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]''.
** That actually sets the tone pretty well for the whole book. It's just...''off.''
1984]]'' starts off letting you know that something's not right.


* ChuckPalahniuk, frequently, especially in ''Lullaby''.

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* ChuckPalahniuk, Creator/ChuckPalahniuk, frequently, especially in ''Lullaby''.


In this scene, Max (age 11) is talking to a girl on whom he has a crush about something of great importance, in the girl's house. While they talk, she runs her foot along the rug, and wow, [[FootFocus what a beautiful foot]]. You can tell Brooke is a classy girl with those glittering flowers.

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In this scene, Max (age 11) is talking to a girl on whom he has a crush about something of great importance, in the girl's house. While they talk, she runs her foot along the rug, and wow, [[FootFocus what a beautiful foot]].foot. You can tell Brooke is a classy girl with those glittering flowers.


Some authors either [[BadWriting don't understand this]], or [[TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste choose to deliberately]] [[SubvertedTrope subvert it]]. They may describe every little unimportant thing in tremendous detail, which is known as PurpleProse. Or they may describe the important elements of a story in ways that you wouldn't normally think of, using bizarre metaphors or describing things unconventionally in their attempt to make a detail illustrate something of importance.

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Some authors either [[BadWriting don't understand this]], this, or [[TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste choose to deliberately]] [[SubvertedTrope subvert it]]. They may describe every little unimportant thing in tremendous detail, which is known as PurpleProse. Or they may describe the important elements of a story in ways that you wouldn't normally think of, using bizarre metaphors or describing things unconventionally in their attempt to make a detail illustrate something of importance.


** Robert J. Sawyer's ''Wake'' (2009) opens with a TechnologyMarchesOn twist: “The sky above the island was the colour of television, tuned to a dead channel — which is to say it was a bright, cheery blue.”

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** Robert J. Sawyer's ''Wake'' (2009) opens features the above quote with a TechnologyMarchesOn twist: “The sky above the island was the colour of television, tuned to a dead channel — which is to say it was a bright, cheery blue.”


* ''GreyGriffins'' was the example used above in the article. The series has some strange writing flaws, but only a handful of stuff that really jumps out like this.

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* ''GreyGriffins'' ''Literature/GreyGriffins'' was the example used above in the article. The series has some strange writing flaws, but only a handful of stuff that really jumps out like this.


* The ''InheritanceCycle'' is '''filled''' with this sort of thing.

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* The ''InheritanceCycle'' ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' is '''filled''' with this sort of thing.


* PeterSBeagle's ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn'' has a lot of these.

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* PeterSBeagle's Creator/PeterSBeagle's ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn'' has a lot of these.

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