I would first like to say that I love short stories. I've read almost all the stories by Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, etc....
But for the past year or so, I finally started to notice that not many people read short stories. Of course it should have been obvious to me sooner. Most of the books in libraries and bookstores have been novels. I guess I was just blind.
But I really do love short stories, and I don't understand why they aren't more in demand. When you walk down the street or drive in your car, you see all those people rushing to their destinations. Life seems so busy. You'd think more people would prefer to read something that takes up less of their time.
But here's the truth:
Not many people like short stories.
So I asked the all knowing (yet sometimes misleading) internet on why this is. And this is what the people of the internet had to say:
Reasons why people LIKE short stories:
-Novels are too long
-I'm too busy
Reasons why people DON'T LIKE short stories:
-Loves to see how a character will develop in a novel
-Novels have more complex plotting
-I can curl up with a novel and read for hours
-Short Stories are too short. They leave me feeling unsatisfied
-Novels are a great way to escape from the world
-I like to touch Harry Potter's face on the cover of Rowling's novels
These are just some of the reasons why people prefer novels over short stories. I guess I can see their point. But it doesn't mean that I have to like it.
Anyway, thank you all for reading my rant about the dying art of short stories. But before you go, I would like you to answer two important questions in the comments below:
1) What would you rather read? Short Stories or Novels?
2) Think of your favorite author. If he or she wrote a short story, would you read it?
(In my research, I noticed that some people will read a short story by their favorite authors, even if they don't like reading short stories in general)
Thank you for your answers!
P.S. - I'm at the library, and someone's phone started to ring. It played a song from "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog". ...Awesome!