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


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


"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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That's what I would think. If you use italics in dialogue, you're implying that the words are stressed. But that would not be the intent in most cases. 

link comment answered Mar 07 at 19:12 Arlo Harnish New member

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