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r/literature
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Welcome to /r/literature, a community for deeper discussions of plays, poetry, short stories, and novels. Discussions of literary criticism, literary history, literary theory, and critical theory are also welcome. Book recommendations and homework help are off topic for this subreddit.
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Discussions about the writing craft.
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Uncovering the esoteric meaning
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Welcome to r/ZombieLit
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Good reading in small doses
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This subreddit is for writers who enjoy and write primarily in the horror genre. We accept any submissions of horror writings and any links having to do with writing horror.
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This is where I post my writing, have discussions on literature, and in general talk about books I’m reading or writing.
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Listen along as streamers read out their favorite literature and authors discuss their works!
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“The Devil is in the Details”, and the details are within this sub. If you do not see the details, post them. If you’re searching for more, ask.
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This is a moderated subreddit. It is our intent and purpose to foster and encourage in-depth discussion about all things related to books, authors, genres, or publishing in a safe, supportive environment. If you're looking for help with a personal book recommendation, consult our Weekly Recommendation Thread, Suggested Reading page, or ask in r/suggestmeabook.
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Gilles Deleuze was a post-structuralist French Philosopher writing in the latter half of the 20th century. He worked extensively with Felix Guattari, most famously on the two Capitalism and Schizophrenia entries: *Anti-Oedipus* and *A Thousand Plateaus*. Discussions of their writings, whether it's about or inspired by Deleuze, is strongly encouraged.
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Good day everyone. I'm an avid reader of books and novels in general, but also fan fiction of any kind, so I've been noticing this really irking mistake when I compare professional writers to amateurs. As a sidenote, I'm not a native english speaker.

I am in complete shock about this particular mistake that I keep seeing over and over. Remember, the stories that I'm reading, while written by amateurs, are things with 200.000 words where there is a consistent and coherent plot with appropriate grammar and orthography, with really good descriptions, vocabulary and all kinds of cute writing techniques. But then, they go and commit this mistake: confusing "you're" and "your".

They don't know the difference between "your" and "you're", nor the difference between "they're" and "there". There are a few variations on this type of mistake that I'm not remembering at the moment, but it comes from the fact that, since the pronunciation is the same in both cases, the writer gets confused and uses the wrong option. In the most egregious cases, they will actually make two mistakes in the same sentence writing aberrations such as "you're hair is pretty and your beautiful".

When I read a sentence that contains this particular mistake, it makes me irrationally angry and have the urge to drop that particular read. It's like I've been immersing myself in this great story with great characters and then... it's ruined.

I know this is irrational, but when I see this mistake, it feels like I lose all respect I had towards the author and it sours the entire reading experience.

This topic is about writing in fanfiction or amateur writing, but also applies to reddit. It's just my irrational hate of this mistake talking, but I can say that I see this mistake in every single thread in this entire website.

Thank you for bearing with me and letting me vent my frustrations. I'll go back to reading and try to ignore these mistakes.

Edit: I've read all your responses. I can see that there is not a consensus about this topic, but at the very least I was able to share my point of view and read about what other people think.

Thanks a lot everyone, after all reddit is not such a bad place.

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