Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Have You Read a Short Story Lately?

As a reader, I love delving into the world of a novel. It's even better when the story is part of a series as I can get to spend more time with the characters. That's one reason why I prefer TV shows over movies, but sometimes I want something shorter to read (or watch). In our fast-paced world, the short story definitely has a place.

Pros to Reading Short Stories

  • They're short. Waiting for an appointment? Need something to entertain you during lunch? A short story is the perfect place to start. There are even short story vending machines in some places!
  • Explore new authors. Reading the short stories in anthologies is a fantastic way to sample new-to-you authors.
  • Explore new genres. We all have our favorite types of genres to read, but short stories are a great way to delve into a new genre.
  • Satisfaction in reading a story. I'm not the fastest of readers, so I do feel a great deal of satisfaction when I finish reading a story and that occurs even faster with short stories.
  • Instant gratification. Need to quench your thirst for reading. Short stories can do just that.

Con to Reading Short Stories

  • They're short. You get excited about the characters and world, and then the story is over. But, hopefully, the author has more work for you to delve into. *crosses fingers*
So have you read a short story lately?

11 comments:

  1. great post! sometimes shorter is better!

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  2. I love short stories, reading and writing them! And I especially love that fact that they allow me to venture into other genres. So cool!

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    1. That's what I love about writing short stories. I can try out different genres and find which one(s) I like best.

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  3. I love reading short stories as a way to discover new authors. Great way to get a taste of their writing style.

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    1. Reading short stories really is a great way to discover new authors. :)

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  4. I read short stories regularly, just love the form. Last read an antho by Adichie titled The Thing Around Your Neck.

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  5. I've only recently started reading shorts - and tried my hand at writing one. They're a fascinating genre and I look forward to one day trying them again. As others have said reading anthologies is a great way to find new authors to enjoy!

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  6. I love reading short stories, too, for all of those reasons!

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  7. Love reading short stories. Am always in awe of authors who can pull those off. They're definitely a great choice when short on time. I've especially become obsessed with short story podcasts over the past couple years...

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  8. Great post! Short stories are a lot of fun. Perfect for when you only have a little bit of time for reading. :)
    ~Jess

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