Episode 033

Invisible, Lyrical, & Purple Prose

What are the key differences between these three prose styles, and when might you want to use each? Is there actually a time when you’d want to use the much-hated purple prose? D.C. and Avery discuss, using published examples of each.

Books and authors mentioned:

  • Scambait, by Ryan R. Campbell
  • Charles Dickens
  • L. Frank Baum
  • Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
  • The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Kushiel’s Dart, by Jacqueline Carey
  • The Realm of the Elderlings, by Robin Hobb
  • V.E. Schwab
  • Blanca & Roja, by Anna-Marie McLemore

Drink Recipe: The Purple Prose
  • 1.5 oz Vodka
  • 2 oz Creme de Violette
  • .75 oz Lemon Juice
  • Dash Orange Bitters
  1. Combine all in shaker with ice
  2. Shake well
  3. Strain into coupe or martini glass
  4. Garnish with a lemon peel

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