I’ve been thinking about different kinds of descriptions in books. There are the immensely detailed, flowery descriptions that take sometimes a full page or more. Then there are the very simple descriptions that are over in a sentence. With me it is completely dependent on my mood. Sometimes I want to get lost in detailed descriptions and sometimes I just want simplicity.
Once again I got this quote from reading Anne of the Island By: L.M. Montgomery:
“But everything in the landscape around them spoke of autumn. The sea was roaring hollowly in the distance, the fields were bare and sere, scarfed with goldenrod, the brook valley below Green Gables overflowed with asters of ethereal purple, and the Lake of Shining Waters was blue-blue-blue; not the changeful blue of spring, nor the pale azure of summer, but a clear, steadfast, serene blue, as if the water were past all moods and tenses of emotion and had settles down to a tranquility unbroken by fickle dreams.”
I absolutely loved it!
What kind of descriptions do you prefer?