Short Stories

Canada
January 25, 2009 12:32pm CST
A lot of people read novels and books, but I find that short stories aren't as popular. Why is that? Is it because novels allow you to immerse yourself into a fantasy world, while a short story doesn't? Is it because you grow more attached to characters in novels? Is it because novels are easier to figure out? Why? What are some of your favorite short stories, who are your favorite short story writers?
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@loveyevi (513)
• United States
25 Jan 09
I think when reading books there is a lot more detail in what is going on and it allows me to create a better fantasyland in my head. Nobody wants the story to ever end if its a good book and if you find a short story you like you know it will be ending soon. However I have found collections of short stories which I loved. It was compilation of Robert Sheckley short stories. A very good sci-fi writer and if your that good I think you can pull of short stories. I also have an unabridged Edgar Allen Poe works book. Which I enjoyed very much and had some great short stories. Do you read short stories? Which ones?
• Canada
25 Jan 09
One short story I enjoyed in particular was A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner. It's so disturbing and it grips you to the very end. I also enjoy works by Alice Munro and Raymond Carver.
@srijshm (1165)
• India
25 Jan 09
Humans are greedy by nature & do not want good things to end. we want thicker pizzas, bigger paychecks, taller buildings & longer stories. On a more serious note, longer stories leads to longer imaginations & this the fun/essence of reading. Shorter stories cannot take us into this fantasy land and are thus less popular.
• Canada
25 Jan 09
I agree - I can curl up with a novel and escape into a fantasy world. Whereas I can't do that with a short story.
@suman2008 (671)
• India
26 Jan 09
I like shorts stories ,novel,dramas.But which i like most is poetry. Short stories are attracting more than novels just because it ends quickly,as well as it has more thrills .When you think it will last long it suddenly finishes and leaves you in deep thoughts.It is really charming.
• United States
26 Jan 09
Short story writing is a difficult art. It's all about grabbing the reader and making your point in only a few thousand words rather than 50-60,000 or more. It is fairly easy to write one but not as easy to make it work for the audience. I think that editors and publishers don't work as hard on marketing the short stories their authors write. But there are some great ones out there. Stephen King is one that comes to mind right away. He has two or three books of nothing but short stories as well as a few with stories that are longer than short but shorter than long.... I guess they fall under the heading of novella. A lot of his movies started out as shorts or novellas - Shawshank Redemption, Apt Pupil, Stand By Me, 1408, Sometimes They Come Back, the Langoliers, Secret Window... And the entire Nightmares & Dreamscapes collection was made into a sort of mini series a couple of years ago. Neil Gaiman's Smoke and Mirrors is another great collection although I have found that it contains everything from gemstones to coal... There are some terrific stories in the collection and there are some that are nothing less than completely bizarre. Plus, there are dozens of print literature magazines devoted to printing short stories.
@sabbatha (287)
• United States
25 Jan 09
Actually I'm huge fan of the short story. A well written story is a marvel in it's self. To try to bring depth and plot in such a short form takes true talent. I have a huge collection of anthologies. I collect them. They are the only books I won't trade off. Must novels I'll read once then pass it on for something else. My favorite anthology collections are the Sword and Sorceress series. I'm trying to get them all. There's about 20 of them or so.
@dolphin2406 (1227)
• Poland
25 Jan 09
I agree with itsmefaith in fact I don't recall ever reading short stories except from the ones we had at school. You dont immerse in the story as it happens with a novel.