Valentine’s the Day After
It is interesting to note that for many years I have only experienced the ugly side of Valentine’s day. By this I mean dealing with all of the people who chose that one night to make an extra effort to impress the ones they love (or something a bit more crude). So when it came to actually spending some time with my wife on this decidedly Hallmark holiday we actually did some stuff. Even more amazing than that though, we were able to spend some time alone together without kids or grandchild getting under foot (that is a huge accomplishment).
I considered writing a VD story at one point recently but decided that the the romance(ish) inspired stories I have done earlier this month were more than enough of stuff like that for me. Instead I want to spend the time talking about a different kind of love or infatuation, or maybe just something that is enjoyable. Sex is good but no, I am not going there.
Actually, I found a remake on Amazon Instant Video recently that I started watching again. For those of us old enough to remember the originals, the remake of Johnny Quest that came out in the 90s is actually a decent updated version. The stories are a bit cheesy but that works for what the show is and the audience it was meant for. Yay, I found a show to bring on some nostalgia…
But as I watched I realized something else. (bear with me while I sound like a grumpy old man for a minute) Most of the current younger generation of readers don’t know what it was like when we didn’t have the fantasy market we have now. This current market has its roots in the 70s and early 80s. Prior to that time fantasy was little more than fairy tales for children and something not to be taken seriously.
But there were books of high adventure. Pulp magazines and then dime store novels of pulp fiction were every where. Often times formulaic and trite, these books were never taken seriously by literary writers. Even now much of the current generation of science fiction and fantasy is spurned by those who see them still as the dime store novels of long ago.
I found it interesting the other day when I stumbled across a question in a G+ group about why Science Fiction and Fantasy are grouped together like they are right now. The literary roots of these genres are consumed by time. When you look at the types of stories created now you can see even more blurring of lines.
Sure there are quite a few novels written now that still fall into a lower reading age. Great stories but the language used appeals to younger readers. (I know we have a ya category and all that. not important to this discussion). At the same time we have stories coming out with themes and language that falls more within a literary realm. The settings and premises may be fantastical in nature but there is literary merit to the stories themselves.
Stories and story telling just like the language used to share them are living things. They change and evolve over time. In 20 more years, it is entirely possible that our speculative fiction stories will have fully evolved yet again and the stories told in that time might be considered literary. What then might be the pulp fiction of our future (and pray that it isn’t celebrity tell all stories)?
You may notice that this website runs ad free. It is my full intention to keep it that way. But at the same time I have many of the same needs as everyone else (aside from kicking puppies).
If you found some enjoyment from the works you have read today it would be appreciated if you could take an extra couple minutes to head over to my Amazon page and pick up a book. You see, it is my books that allow me to continue to share stories with you. I don’t want you to walk away with just the thrill of a story today, take some stories with you.