Magic of Flash Fiction


Literature has witnessed several genres from time to time. While poetry or verse is one of the earliest forms of literature, though disputably, the latest to come on board is flash fiction. You may have heard this genre quite recurrently in last few years. But it is just for the sake of calling it flash fiction–a story told in approximately 500 to 600 words. It is rather a younger cousin of the short story. To my understanding, it is very similar to Aesop’s tales which were didactic and instructional in nature. However, the authors in our contemporary world are extremely competent to handle this genre and have perhaps been able to treat it in an artistic and even far more serious manner than Aesop himself did.

Personally I have not dared to try my hands on this. Yet I am excited. However, it would be critical to reach at a mindset wherefrom it becomes easier for me to experiment with the younger form of fiction.

But in my view, this trend was obvious to arrive, given the fast-paced world of the Internet where readers have hardly any time to digest lengthy stories. Today’s readers are more suited to feeds which are as short as a message on Facebook or Twitter. So don’t blame authors to impose flash fiction on readers. Upside down, the readers, who are in love with reading microblogs and posting one liner updates on social networks, have played a significant role in giving birth to flash fiction. They are reluctant to read and unwind lengthy and complicated plots of the traditional genres. At the same time, it is too early to regard that flash fiction has achieved maturity and found the right masters to execute it. Probably it is the beginning and there are more masters to appear on the scene who might set newer benchmarks in this fairly new form of fiction. Let us wait but let me write a flash piece…

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