Good morning ya'll. I planned on using this Sunday Salon to post my recent vacay pictures, but since returning on Friday, I've done nothing but errands. (What? You mean gnomes don't magically appear and go grocery shopping for ya? Sheesh.)
So I thought I'd blab about another topic that I've been mulling over. First things first. A bit of up front honesty:
I don't like short stories.
Whew. I said it. Plain and simple. I generally will not pick up a book that says somewhere in the title "collection of short...." I run for the hills, unless it's say someone as dreamy as John Green or David Leviathan. Yes, only then I might reconsider. But on a normal day? Nope. Nada. No Way. Watch me run.
Here's why. They just aren't fulfilling enough for me. I want more. I never fully feel satisfied. I want fully developed characters. And you know what? Even if the writer is so phenom that the characters *are* developed I want MORE of THEM.
In the classroom, I rarely teach from short stories.(1) I use novels each quarter to focus in on the literary elements and grammar. (I do a fairy tale unit as well, but don't really truly consider them short stories.) I also use stations, which is very conducive to the whole novel teaching.
Now in a department meeting one of my colleagues (and one that I respect, for that matter) said that he'd be reluctant to give up teaching short stories. That they have merit.
Obviously I am missing something.
So I ask you folks, in your opinion, what merit does the short story have? And if you're like me and you hardly read shorts, well, reassure me and tell me what you don't prefer them!