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Literary Filler

A good (bad) example of writing purely to accumulate words: Camilla Lackberg's "The Ice Princess", 2009 paperback edition, page 60. Having informed the reader the protagonist needs 15 minutes to get ready and travel to another character's house, there follows a paragraph breaking down this ETA in detail. Ten minutes to wash face, put on yesterday's clothes, run comb through hair and apply mascara.

Beg pardon, these activities take slightly LESS than ten minutes. Bored yet? Paragraph ends with congratulatory remark that the car journey added another five minutes, meaning the protagonist's estimate was, in fact, accurate! Heavens to Mergatroid.

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