Hey, Why Arenâ€™t More Things Being Written That I Like?
by Alan DeNiro
Hey, why arenâ€™t more things being written that I like? That is to say, I used to read a lot more cool stuff, but now I donâ€™t. What is up with that? The decline of things that I like has its roots in societal changes that include the increase in things that I donâ€™t like. I also think that there used to be a lot more interesting stuff out there, but now there isnâ€™t. In fact a lot of my friends and colleagues have told me this, and I happen to agree. I did happen to read a couple of stories recently that I liked, and they were pretty good. But those were the exceptions. Why is this? Stories used to be adventures but now theyâ€™re too adventurous. They are confusing and I donâ€™t like that! Sturgeonâ€™s Law still applies but it also applies to the 10% of stuff that isnâ€™t crap. So needless to say thereâ€™s more crap. Look, just start publishing more good stories that I like if you want to save the genre. I just know that there are other people who like what I like. (Young readers in particular like what I like; it was what I liked at that age.) Clearly, something needs to be done about this to protect publishing venues that have remained unchanged since the 1940s. You know, the good old days.