Friday, 28 December 2012
Is the death knell ringing for long adult fiction?
I don't think creative fiction will die, just that the market is getting smaller whilst the number of authors is getting larger.
Those of us with children encourage them to read whilst we ourselves have almost no time to do the same. We read things in snip-its and sound bites, preferring to read a cartoon over a full page of text on a computer screen. As we get older we may have the time to enjoy a book, but maybe by then we'll be too ingrained in our habits to go back to a good book?
And what of our children, who will grow up in a world of shortened prose on facebook, twitter and leads? Will they ever pick up a novel that's longer than 1,000 words?
The way we tell stories is changing, how do novelists adapt to that?