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9-08-2010 @ 1:24PM
Rossi - I LOVE the Know Your Lore columns and most everything you write here, so please take this as constructive criticism. I have to finally comment on something in your writing that's been irking me: Please don't use the emphatic "itself", "herself", and "himself" so often. It jumps out at the reader (or at least to me) every time, and oftentimes the reference doesn't seem "heady" enough to warrant such a strong emphasis. It seems like every KYL column has 2+ incidents of using this emphasis or clarity every time. As I understand it, this writing convention should be used for extreme emphasis, or when there is dual use of the word (for both a region and a city, or for both a faction and faction leader).Just in this article:"...carved their way through the Eversong Woods to Quel'thalas itself.""...themselves allied to Gruul himself""...while the Alliance forces struck further south and destroyed the Dark Portal itself..."All of those would read more smoothly if "itself" and "himself" were removed... though the first incident is likely the most appropriate of the three.Keep up the excellent work and writing!
9-08-2010 @ 9:14PM
Im not English expert at any rate but he used 'himself' with Gruul to point out that allying with him is most unusual, simply saying he even allied with Gruul do not really do it justice. All in all, they are used to show emotive writing, its mean't to jump out at you, THIS IS THE FREAKIN DARK PORTAL!!! etc.
9-09-2010 @ 10:09AM
I'm not a writer and while I didn't notice any of those instance there was one part that got me"...shattered during his last battle, and drove himself like wrath itself into the teeth of the orcs..."the "himself" and "itself" being close like that made me do a double-take interrupting what was otherwise a great article. It would have been better, in my opinion, if at least one of those "-self"s was removed.
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