reading-in-a-chair-496x640rosesCarrie Hill - Storybook Mural, Birmingham Public Library

“Once upon a time…”

We are never to begin our stories this way. How about “It was a dark and stormy night…”

That’s a “no-no” too. I find it interesting- the way the literary industry changes as time passes, truly an illustration of how we as human beings evolve. What pleased us once is now boring or unsatisfying. This is especially true with entertainment, don’t you think?

Now do not fret. I have not been hacked by a deep thinking philosophy professor. I believe what I am actually doing here is bone picking humanity. GRIN. I can do this because I too am a human being (though some may occassionally argue this nugget of info).

 We are so demanding now, aren’t we? Instant gratification is normal and expected. We can no longer begin a book with a prologue. We must start with action or intensity, begging questions and hooking the reader.

I live in this day and age and remain guilty of the same behavior that I bash. But I don’t think it would hurt me to slooowwww down occasionally- take a breath, smell the roses (though I don’t right off the bat know where to find any roses at the moment) or read a classic that “drones on” in prologue or character description. Maybe just maybe we are a bit too hyped up on caffeine and action.

Now…go find a cozy chair and a hot cup of coff…I mean herbal tea…and read Gone with the Wind or Pride and Prejudice. I want a report of your less stressed, newly relaxed persona when you are done.






“Once upon a time…”We are never to begin

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