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Do you regularly read short stories, and if so, what in particular do you like about the genre?

Created: 11/04/19

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davinamw

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Do you regularly read short stories, and if so, what in particular do you like about the genre?

Do you regularly read short stories, and if so, what in particular do you like about the genre?


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RE: Do you regularly read short stories, and if so, what in particular do you like about the genre?

I read short stories fairly frequently but mostly I prefer a short story book with a theme tackled by differnt authors.


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I don't ordinarily care for short stories, but prefer to read novels. I enjoyed reading these short stories, however, and might be interested in pursuing more of this type of reading.


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djcminor

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RE: Do you regularly read short stories, and if so, what in particular do you like about the genre?

I do read short stories and enjoy them. I often seek out short stories by particular authors whom I like. One of my friends uses the derogatory definition of "bathroom reading." I disagree with her on this one although we often like the same books. Writing the short story is definitely an art. Without the expansiveness of the novel, the author must, much like a poet, pack meaning and details into the story. At the same time, the author must balance the details so that readers have enough but not an overwhelming amount of detail. Short stories give readers brief encounters that are still fulfilling.


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I do not regularly read short stories because I have found many collections to be disappointing. I was extremely pleasantly surprised to love Lucia Berlin's stories.


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elyseg

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RE: Do you regularly read short stories, and if so, what in particular do you like about the genre?

Yes, I read them often. I like that they are compact, words carefully chosen. I especially enjoy character studies - such as the stories of Alice Munro.


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Maggie

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I do not regularly read short stories. I prefer novels so that I can really get to know and like or dislike the characters.


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janeb

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RE: Do you regularly read short stories, and if so, what in particular do you like about the genre?

I do read short stories more often than novels. Partly it is because they fit the time that is available but also I admire the skill required to depict the world in a drop of water.


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I admire short story writers because I think it takes a LOT of skill to pull off the genre successfully, I'm not really a fan. I tend to like longer, more connected stories and find short stories frustrating. It's hard enough leaving a character you love after several hours, but it's challenging to form an attachment to a character over the space of a few minutes, and if one does, there's always this "what happens next???" feeling.


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cathyoc

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I haven’t read short stories in quite awhile. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this short story collection.


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dianeh

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RE: Do you regularly read short stories, and if so, what in particular do you like about the genre?

I do not read short stories very often. Having read Berlin's I have come to appreciate this art form. It requires a lot of talent to tell a story completely in so few pages. I still prefer novels in which I become immersed in the characters and thje plot


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teacher reader

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RE: Do you regularly read short stories, and if so, what in particular do you like about the genre?

I used to enjoy teaching short stories like those of Kate Chopin, O Henry, etc., but I have never chosen to read them on my own. Like kimk, I often find them frustrating and less satisfying than a novel. I do appreciate the skill that is involved in writing a good one.


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Lole

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RE: Do you regularly read short stories, and if so, what in particular do you like about the genre?

I have read and really enjoyed only a few collections: Redeployment by Phil Klay, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hillary Mantell, Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood andBerlin's A Manual for Cleaning Women. I sometimes read a story or two from other books and give up, because the writing does not resonate with me.


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xandrabk

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RE: Do you regularly read short stories, and if so, what in particular do you like about the genre?

I do not regularly read short stories but the ones that I have read where ones that consisted of several authors. I enjoy several authors writing on the same topic, which brings about a bit of a competition of who wrote the best story.


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