Sentences vs Stories

Published January 1, 2015 by A.J.B. Johnston

I wonder if anyone else is getting a little tired reading reviews of books where critics talk about a few selected sentences way more than anything else? For me, it’s gone past the tipping point. Yes, I admire brevity, cleverness and figures of speech. But I also want there to be a story that moves along. Sometimes it seems that that’s the last thing some critics care about. It’s the sentences, only the sentences they admire. I guess I’m old fashioned, because I think good writing, writing that carries the reader away, involves a lot more than a few greatly admired sentences. I want characters, settings, plots and an overall story arc.

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