Originally Posted by HareBrain
Undoubtedly (partly because "what isn't?"). I think it's part of the vogue for "gritty" and "dirty", which will of course (human beings being, as they are, incpable of making their minds up) eventually swing so far the other way that we'll be snowed under by streams of florid adverbs separated by the punctuational equivalent of those ever-more-complex animated emoticons.
At which point, I shall strike!
A long while back I read Caesar's War in Gaul (in translation to English) and it was punchily readable. There was an interesting foreword on literary conventions in Rome at the time. Histories were written by professional historians who could write beautiful, complex prose. These were based on notes of the people who were actually there. What Caesar wrote was technically a set of notes that should have been turned into something larger and more grandiose. However, even though what he was writing lacked all the "proper" embellishments, it came across so well that it was read as it was and no professional historian ever came along and turned it into a "proper" history.
So the same sort of issues ......