Hey so this may have been brought up by someone else before and I just missed it, I’m not sure, but either way, there’s something about Dana’s characterization that just recently stuck out as a pattern to me and I was hoping to talk about it.
It has to do with her descriptions of things and how they’re detailed and precise lists of attributes that often include measurements. The photo of the lighthouse is 5-by-7 and black-and-white and hanging crooked to the right of center on the wall. The lighthouse itself is brown stone, 40 feet tall, 15 feet in diameter. In other parts she does use more sensory and figurative imagery, mostly when talking about memories and emotional experiences, but in terms of unfamiliar new objects that she comes across and isn’t sure what to make of, she sticks to this unadorned and quantitative observational style that reads like taking notes. I’m not sure what to make of it myself, but it makes me curious about her approach to the processing and reporting of information, what she’s most interested in and considers important, her philosophy towards journalism and how it compares and contrasts with Cecil’s, etc.
I hadn’t realized that, but one thing to add now that you pointed that out is that that is actually a very particular kind of style that you might find in people who work in emergency services type fields, medical fields, first responders, ect. People who generally have to write incident or field reports based on a situation they witnessed. I don’t do them anymore, but I used to write them a lot, and there is a very specific way of writing, in a voice that narrates factual information so that someone reading it should be able to experience the situation as if they are there themselves. You don’t add personalized information about your view (whether you do or don’t like something, whether something is “weird” or “bad” or “cool”). You wouldn’t say that something smelled bad, you describe the smell factually and the reader is responsible for making judgement calls like that.
This kind of writing also is usually done in a passive voice, where you don’t say “I” or “me” or “you”. A police officer wouldn’t write “I saw them go into the building”, they would write “Officer Smith observed subject A running…” ect ect. You talk about yourself in third person. Which is interesting when you think of Dana, who often says “This is Intern Dana…” or describes herself in third person (from what I remember).
Now, what all this means, I haven’t a clue. Just an interesting little piece of characterization.
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