Writing style or bad writing?
There's two literary rules that have been bothering me ever since I found out about them:
1. Periods inside quotes. In America, whenever a sentence ends with anything in quotation, the period must go "inside the quotes." I don't like this, since to me it looks like the period is part of the quote.
2. For dialogue, make a new paragraph every time the speaker changes. I know this is to make the dialogue less confusing, but there has to be a better way. If there's too much back and forth, it wastes a lot of space on the page.
If someone ignored one or both of these rules in a story you were reading, would it automatically be bad writing? Or could it be considered a "style choice" if it's still readable?