According to the Oxford English Dictionary:
Evolution • noun 1 the process by which different kinds of living organism are believed to have developed, especially by natural selection. 2 gradual development. 3 the giving off of a gaseous product or of heat. 4 a pattern of movements or manoeuvres.
When Charles Darwin first published On the Origin of Species in 1859, I don't think he considered that I might apply his theories of evolution to writing. (Yes, I am going somewhere with this...aren't I always? *grin*)
Distinguished members of the jury, I am currently reading Lover Mine, the eighth book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB) series by JR Ward. I would like to present Exhibit A, an excerpt from Dark Lover, the first book in the BDB series:
If it had been anyone else, Wrath would have used his favorite pair of words, fuck and off. As far as he was concerned, there were only two good positions for a human. A female on her back. And a male face down and not breathing.And Exhibit B, an excerpt from Lover Mine (without spoilers):
But Darius was almost a friend. Or would have been one, if Wrath had let him get close.
As Wrath stood up, he closed his eyes. Hatred washed through him, directed into the center of his own chest. He despised himself for walking away, but he just wasn't the kind of male who could help some poor half-breed through such a painful and dangerous time. Gentleness, mercy, they were not in his make up.
His knees weakened and he went down like a stone through still water, collapsing by the side of the mattress. Burying his face into the softness, he drew her to him, her fragrance lingering like a memory, at once tangible and elusive.The writing has the same feel, yes? And now, honourable members of the jury, I give you Exhibit C, also from Lover Mine (without spoilers):
Blay slipped a hand into his leather jacket and felt around for his pack of Dunhill reads. Man, nothing made him jones for a smoke more than Qhuinn's love life.And Exhibit D:
And clearly he'd be lighting up another couple coffin nails tonight...
Naturally Qhuinn just had to open his pie hole.I could continue, but I believe the evidence thus provided speaks for itself. Overall (and yes I'm generalizing madly here), the style (is that the right word?) of writing and language utilized has evolved as the BDB series has progressed. Do you, the jury, believe this to be the case? (Please note that I'm not on my soap box about whether this evolution is for the better or otherwise, but just trying to confirm that it isn't just me and that others have also noticed said evolution.) And, have you noticed such an evolution with any other series?