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* Robert B. Parker had an apparent version to using any other word than "said" to tag dialogue, at least in the ''Literature/{{Spenser}}'' series. Listening to the audiobook really drives the point home.

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* Robert B. Parker Creator/RobertBParker had an apparent version to using any other word than "said" to tag dialogue, at least in the ''Literature/{{Spenser}}'' series. Listening to the audiobook really drives the point home.


* {{Biggles}} does this all the time. Algy and Ginger might be guilty of saying things, but Biggles and Von Stalhein never are.

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* {{Biggles}} Literature/{{Biggles}} does this all the time. Algy and Ginger might be guilty of saying things, but Biggles and Von Stalhein never are.


* ElmoreLeonard includes in his [[http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940CE3DD103BF935A25754C0A9679C8B63 Rules of Writing]] "Never use a verb other than 'said' to carry dialogue." Another rule expands on that slightly: "Never use an adverb to modify the verb 'said.'"

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* ElmoreLeonard Creator/ElmoreLeonard includes in his [[http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940CE3DD103BF935A25754C0A9679C8B63 Rules of Writing]] "Never use a verb other than 'said' to carry dialogue." Another rule expands on that slightly: "Never use an adverb to modify the verb 'said.'"


* Robert B. Parker had an apparent version to using any other word than "said" to tag dialogue, at least in the ''{{Spenser}}'' series. Listening to the audiobook really drives the point home.

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* Robert B. Parker had an apparent version to using any other word than "said" to tag dialogue, at least in the ''{{Spenser}}'' ''Literature/{{Spenser}}'' series. Listening to the audiobook really drives the point home.


* Occasionally, TimothyZahn's otherwise excellent Dragonback Trilogy falls prey to this.

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* Occasionally, TimothyZahn's Creator/TimothyZahn's otherwise excellent Dragonback Trilogy falls prey to this.


* ''AtlantaNights'' uses this quite a bit, as one of many deliberately bad writing techniques.

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* ''AtlantaNights'' ''Literature/AtlantaNights'' uses this quite a bit, as one of many [[StylisticSuck deliberately bad bad]] writing techniques.


* ''TheEyeOfArgon''. Nothing is ever "said" - instead it is "husked" or "ejaculated" or "stated [[PerfectlyCromulentWord whimsicoracally]]".

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* ''TheEyeOfArgon''.''Literature/TheEyeOfArgon''. Nothing is ever "said" - instead it is "husked" or "ejaculated" or "stated [[PerfectlyCromulentWord whimsicoracally]]".


"There are!" enthused Bob. "It's not just like PurpleProse, but also sort of like DelusionsOfEloquence and AuthorVocabularyCalendar," he noted [[Literature/TomSwifty augustly]].

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"There are!" enthused Bob. "It's not just like PurpleProse, but also sort of like DelusionsOfEloquence and AuthorVocabularyCalendar," he noted [[Literature/TomSwifty [[TomSwifty augustly]].



* The Literature/TomSwift books were notorious for this, leading to the invention of the Literature/TomSwifty.

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* The Literature/TomSwift books were notorious for this, leading to the invention of the Literature/TomSwifty.TomSwifty.


"There are!" enthused Bob. "It's not just like PurpleProse, but also sort of like DelusionsOfEloquence and AuthorVocabularyCalendar," he noted [[TomSwifty augustly]].

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"There are!" enthused Bob. "It's not just like PurpleProse, but also sort of like DelusionsOfEloquence and AuthorVocabularyCalendar," he noted [[TomSwifty [[Literature/TomSwifty augustly]].



* The TomSwift books were notorious for this, leading to the invention of the TomSwifty.

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* The TomSwift Literature/TomSwift books were notorious for this, leading to the invention of the TomSwifty.Literature/TomSwifty.


* TamoraPierce tended to do this early on; it's most noticeable in [[Literature/SongOfTheLioness the Alanna books]].

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* TamoraPierce Creator/TamoraPierce tended to do this early on; it's most noticeable in [[Literature/SongOfTheLioness the Alanna books]].


* In one ''TomorrowStories'' special, Splash Brannigan decides to act like a FilmNoir-slash-dime novel hero, and narrates everything that happens to him. So this is how conversations go with him
-->'''Splash:''' "Take it easy, toots!", I screamed. "I'm simply considering a career as a 1930's film noir detective!"
-->'''Daisy:''' But it's 2005! You'll never find suitable premises!
-->'''Splash:''' ...she moaned, seductively.

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* ''ComicBook/TomorrowStories'':
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In one ''TomorrowStories'' special, Splash Brannigan decides to act like a FilmNoir-slash-dime novel hero, and narrates everything that happens to him. So this is how conversations go with him
-->'''Splash:''' --->'''Splash:''' "Take it easy, toots!", I screamed. "I'm simply considering a career as a 1930's film noir detective!"
-->'''Daisy:'''
detective!"\\
'''Daisy:'''
But it's 2005! You'll never find suitable premises!
-->'''Splash:''' ...
premises!\\
'''Splash:''' ...
she moaned, seductively.


* "The word said is to prose what the arrow of a word balloon is to comics", NeilGaiman blogged.

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* "The word said is to prose what the arrow of a word balloon is to comics", NeilGaiman Creator/NeilGaiman blogged.


* The fantasy author [[MythAdventures Robert Lynn Asprin]] is another who sometimes had problems with this.
** Characters in the [[MythAdventures Myth Adventures]] will often "retort" to something "argued" to them.

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* The fantasy author [[MythAdventures Robert Lynn Asprin]] Creator/RobertAsprin is another who sometimes had problems with this.
** Characters in the [[MythAdventures Myth Adventures]] ''Literature/MythAdventures'' will often "retort" to something "argued" to them.


* ''MyImmortal'' has a sequence of these in Chapter 6, which the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_uioZd3XJg dramatic reading]] inevitably [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]].

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* ''MyImmortal'' ''FanFic/MyImmortal'' has a sequence of these in Chapter 6, which the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_uioZd3XJg this dramatic reading]] inevitably [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]].lampshades]].
-->ENOUGH! with the dialogue tags. (I don't care what your English teacher told you; "said" is fine)



** DaveBarry's ''Twilight'' parody ''Fangs of Endearment'' does it on every single dialogue tag.

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** DaveBarry's Creator/DaveBarry's ''Twilight'' parody ''Fangs of Endearment'' does it on every single dialogue tag.



* ''TheGreatGatsby'' is not only full of these, it's full of redundant ones, like "snorted contemptuously."

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* ''TheGreatGatsby'' ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'' is not only full of these, it's full of redundant ones, like "snorted contemptuously."contemptuously".



* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', there is a character called Hodor, who has a VerbalTicName: the only word he can speak is "Hodor". The prose is fond of sentences like: "''Hodor'', Hodor agreed." or "''Hodor'', Hodor protested.", to convey the emotion of the character's speech. Also [[BuffySpeak reinsubverted or something]] on at least one occasion in which the word "hodor" is used ''as'' a SaidBookism in-universe.

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* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', there is a character called Hodor, who has a VerbalTicName: the only word he can speak is "Hodor". The prose is fond of sentences like: "''Hodor'', Hodor agreed." or "''Hodor'', Hodor protested.", to convey the emotion of the character's speech. Also [[BuffySpeak reinsubverted or something]] on at least one occasion in which the word "hodor" is used ''as'' a SaidBookism in-universe.



** "Catelyn admitted", "Tyrion pointed out", "Ned replied"... the series tend to have this pop up quite frequently, though aversions happen a lot as well.

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** "Catelyn admitted", "Tyrion pointed out", "Ned replied"... replied" the series tend to have this pop up quite frequently, though aversions happen a lot as well.



* Many English classes in American schools specifically require students to write this way as well as proscribing all use of "be" verbs (am, is, are, was, were, be, being, been). It can almost seem as if they are trying to sabotage future writers.
* Completely averted in Russian - if you don't use Said Bookism, you will be considered an okay writer at best.

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* Many English classes in American schools specifically require students to write this way way, as well as proscribing all use of "be" verbs (am, is, (is, am, are, was, were, be, being, been). It can almost seem as if they are trying ''trying'' to sabotage future writers.
* * Completely averted in Russian - if you don't ''don't'' use Said Bookism, you will be considered an okay writer at best. best.

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* Completely averted in Russian - if you don't use Said Bookism, you will be considered an okay writer at best.

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