When is squick too squicky?

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Re: When is squick too squicky?

Post by Sommer Leigh » June 1st, 2011, 2:02 pm

trixie wrote:Sorry, but I have a simple question:

What is the working definition of "squick?" I want to make sure I understand the lingo.
My personal working definition:

Squick: That which is both "Ick" and "Yuck." A play on the super gross sound effect I imagine when squishing something slimey and slippery between your fingers or toes.

Squicky: The "Ick" and "Yuck" sensation that produces the heebie jeebies.
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Re: When is squick too squicky?

Post by sierramcconnell » June 1st, 2011, 3:12 pm

Sommer Leigh wrote:
trixie wrote:Sorry, but I have a simple question:

What is the working definition of "squick?" I want to make sure I understand the lingo.
My personal working definition:

Squick: That which is both "Ick" and "Yuck." A play on the super gross sound effect I imagine when squishing something slimey and slippery between your fingers or toes.

Squicky: The "Ick" and "Yuck" sensation that produces the heebie jeebies.
If we're going by personal definitions...it's that stuff I found stinking up my disposer after I moved in.
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It wasn't my food. It was black, sticky, and I had to push a rubbered gloved hand with a sponge down in the hole to clean it out. Dear God, it was like rotting flesh food mixed with the lemons I had used as a desperate attempt to ward the foul stench off. I will never ever want to touch that again. I couldn't even look at it while doing it.
Did that make you sick? That's squick.
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Re: When is squick too squicky?

Post by danielle100 » June 1st, 2011, 3:50 pm

Two words for you: Quentin Tarantino. There are so many repulsive things in his movies, yet somehow they work. And many people love them and think he's a great producer. Just be sure you look at your target audience. Good luck!

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Re: When is squick too squicky?

Post by dios4vida » June 1st, 2011, 6:42 pm

Sommer Leigh wrote:Squick: That which is both "Ick" and "Yuck." A play on the super gross sound effect I imagine when squishing something slimey and slippery between your fingers or toes.
Gee, thanks, Sommer. And I was eating. (But I do think that's a great definition, even if it did spoil my appetite a bit.)
danielle100 wrote:Two words for you: Quentin Tarantino. There are so many repulsive things in his movies, yet somehow they work. And many people love them and think he's a great producer. Just be sure you look at your target audience. Good luck!
Wow, so true! I think he's definitely mastered the art of acceptable squick. I avoid him, but I know plenty of others who love his work. Good point!
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Re: When is squick too squicky?

Post by Falls Apart » June 2nd, 2011, 6:47 pm

Thanks for all the advice, and I plan on checking out all the squick examples :) I've considered the target age group and feel a lot more confident about it now. After all, it's not exactly a G-rated book, and if teens can handle the other content, they should probably be able to handle this.

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