Stoddard’s Two Cents
Here’s an intentionally provocative post from Jason Stoddard*, who suggests that we might get some interesting ideas about improving genre short fiction by saying what we hate about it:
“Back in my audio days, we used to ask our dealers and our customers a simple question: â€œWhat do you hate most about your gear?â€ And, based on the answers to this question, weâ€™d frequently create products that drove stunning business growth.
Because it really isnâ€™t important what theyâ€™re thrilled with. What matters is what they hate. Hate is a red-hot emotion that drives change.”
An interesting idea – there are already some stimulating comments on Jason’s post that are well worth a read, if only as a demonstration of how various the range of attitudes really is.
My Two Cents
I’m not going to go overboard here, because I’m a comparative newcomer to short fiction, and I don’t feel I have the same degree of emotional connection to (or experience with) it that a lot of longer-standing fans do. But here’s a few little nuggets:
- Heinlein’s Capable Men – they may have made sense in Heinlein’s era, but these stories just rub me up wrong when done by modern writers.
- The PKD rewrites – great stories in their day. Leave them be and write your own.
- The Hollywood screenplay – I know it’s a short story, but a soupcon of description and depth wouldn’t go amiss. My imagination loves a workout, but it needs calories before it can exercise.
Your Two Cents
What do you hate about the short fiction you read? Or is it all just fine, thankyouverymuch?
[* I’m late out of the gate with this one, I know; I have a mass of things to post about that other commitments have held me back from covering, and this is me beginning to catch up on the backlog.]