Italics for titles of novels in dialog? Use or Not?

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What about the use of book titles in dialog? They are normally italicized, but they sometimes seem redundant or stand out.

Example:

"I loved the novel War and Peace," he said.

I just identified War and Peace as a novel. Why identify it again by using italics. And in speaking, there is no emphasis on the title. We don't say, "Hey, this is a novel, get it?" Italics replaced underlining, and we would never underline words in a novel or put words in color (except for children's books).

asked Nov 11 '12 at 18:48 Roger Carrier New member

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