Posted on February 28, 2023 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Lines from literature can certainly add that je ne sais quoi to your own writing.

Can ... but won't always.

Consider the case of an article on the new drug for diabetes, Ozempic, and how it's being used for fad diet purposes among non-diabetics.

Quite the delicate subject, especially as it discusses societal views of weight and body type.

But one major place that Olivia Rutigliano of Literary Hub thinks it errs is in which literary quote it uses — and how.

The piece quotes Mr. Squeers, the schoolmaster who starves his students in Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens, and describes him as "philosophical" rather than "abusive" (not to mention hypocritical, as he speaks highly of self-restraint while gorging himself on food). 

Head to Lit Hub to read more about (or simply read) the Ozempic thinkpiece and its Dickens references.

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