By Julie Daines
There has been a lot of buzz lately about whether the publishing industry sets the bar on writing too high, and that what people really want is just a good story.
So which is it? Writing or Story?
Do readers only care about easy entertainment? Do they like the familiarity of the same stories told over and over again with only minor plot changes? Is real life so stressful that all we want is to lose ourselves in a simple, predictable form of entertainment?
I have a friend who said she didn't want to read books that challenged her way of thinking. She said she already finished college and didn't want her reading to feel like homework. Is that how everyone feels?
Some people worry that really great works of fiction will be overlooked as more and more readers get caught up in the commercial, no-brainer stories, and then all we'll have left is the slush pile.
Is there still room for good writing and thought provoking works of fiction? Years from now, who will we be quoting?
Is this surge of mediocrity in fiction only a phase brought on by poor economic times? Or is society lowering its standards?
What place does the indy and self-publishing industry hold in all this turmoil?
Which is more important to a work of fiction, good story or good writing?