“The lingering light was obliterated by the rapidly falling night. The once salmon and purple sky transformed into a vast expanse of jet-black that engulfed the town. A canopy of luminous stars materialized amongst the ocean of blackness. Some were dull, merely flickering into existence every now and then, but there was an adequate amount of shimmering stars to illuminate the dark, moonless night. The lake glistened, mirroring the dazzling assemblage of glittering stars and the luminescence from the restaurants and designer boutiques that lined the marina. The faint wind brushed against the water’s surface, the ripples ruffled the stillness of the surface, and shattered the reflection of the harbour” versus “it was a starry night”. Should we even bother to compare the two sentences? A little superfluity doesn’t hurt, does it now? All it has done is beautified the sentence, elucidated it more and provided small little details that has enabled us to feel the stars above us and the water below us.
The best authors like William Shakespeare had superfluous work. Audiences and readers of Shakespeare have long concurred that Shakespeare was a master of emotion- a writer who could understand and articulate human emotion in unusually modern terms, prompting -even now – intense emotional responses. We need to explore how emotion, as it was understood in Shakespeare’s time and in ours, conditions Shakespeare’s work and assures its continued relevance to contemporary audiences. The fact that even today, after so many years after he has left the face of earth, so many people still continue to read his novels can be attributed to his way of portrayal of emotions.
Dan Brown being a contemporary writer is now famous not only because of his “actual writing”, but largely also because of his way of putting facts, with the minutest details put forward in the most immaculate manner.
Hence, when the same expression is written down with superfluity, it gives us a taste of what the book offers and also transports us into another world, a world where the characters belong, creating an “Inkheart” like situation!