You see people say it: I don't like poetry, flash fiction sucks, short fiction annoys me, plays are irritating, novels are fake. Whatever the form, there are those who won't enjoy it, but, truly, taste aside, a form itself cannot be bad. All flash fiction doesn't suck, for example. A lot of flash fiction is boring. In particular, I find flash fiction that is made up of a basic narrative structure that leads the reader in, describes the set up, and then twists at the end, to be really quite tedious. Tedious like M. Night Shyamalan films. Quite often it is stupid like those films, too. Which is not to say, of course, that all flash fiction is bad but rather, that, really, I don't care. It bores me. But no matter how much I don't enjoy these things, I know that the fault does not lie at the form. Flash fiction, as a form, is, before a writer begins his or her work, clean, free, and beautiful. Once the author has finished, however, things change. Authors ruin everything.
I got the idea for this post because I've seen a lot of people say how much they don't like flash fiction. Seems you can't go far these days before you find someone against it. Of course, they're all wrong, obviously, and me, I have a campaign to make everyone into clones that think as I do, so I wrote this post to do that. See how it works?
The discussion is here, incidentally. If you go here, you'll also see the author/editor of flash fiction, Shane Jiraiya Cummings say, "I have said things I regret online, as have most of us. My point here is consider the consequences of your "free speech"," after Alisa Krasnostein tells him all flash fiction should be banned and eradicated. She's not being serious, obviously, but he is, which makes it funny.
Anyhow, my point is, flash fiction is fine until a bad author gets their fingers on it.
Did I get lost on that?
Yeah, well. Maybe. Think as I do!
I have decided, however, I don't like the name 'flash fiction'. It's ugly and should be changed. See to it.