I read two short stories today. My intention was to take a few days to read these stories (in the same magazine but by different authors), but the stories pulled me in and I had to read them to the end.
They must be good stories if I wanted to find out what happened.
But I don’t want to tell you what they were. I don’t want to call anyone and say, “Hey! You gotta read this.”
They were the kind of stories that made me double check the authors’ names for gender. Suspicions confirmed (male!), I checked the contents for more names. (Several males. A couple females.) I hate checking though. I want to read a story and not care. I want to check the name because I want to find more by that writer. Do you check the writer’s name? What are you looking for in a name when you do?
I don’t believe that having more of one gender in a group automatically means sexism. My first thought on finishing each story was on how I disliked the characters. All the characters.
Maybe the problem isn’t the editors picked more men. Maybe the problem (for me) is that they pick stories with so many unlikable characters.
Not that characters have to be likable. But I’m into the third story and I don’t like the guy in that one either.
Is the problem me?
Does a good story mean you want to read all the way to the end? Should you want to share the story too?