How to read short stories?
July 22, 2012 6:29 AM Subscribe
How to read short stories so I actually remember them?
posted by pete_22 to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I like reading short stories, but I almost never remember them a year later. It's worse the more "literary" and naturalistic they are. There are many books of short stories that I was raving about and recommending to friends right after reading them, and now I can barely remember a single one of their stories. They all just sort of run together into vague memories of themes and settings, and then I often forget them completely.
I almost never have this problem with novels, including novels by some of the same writers. So... for those of you who like reading short fiction, how do you approach it differently than other kinds of reading? Are you adopting a different frame of mind? Is it better to read stories on a one-off basis instead of reading a book of ten straight through? Do you take notes about each story as you read?
Or is my experience normal, and short stories are just by nature a more transient pleasure than longer fiction?