Thursday, January 31, 2013

{ the.book.chat - short stories }





     short sto·ry  

     Noun
     A story with a fully developed theme but significantly shorter and less elaborate than a novel.
     Synonyms
     novelette - novel - tale - narrative

The book chat with Jessica and Erinn this week is all about the short story.

Like all the other books that are on my favorites lists, my favorite short stories are ones that have a happy ending (mostly) or are somewhat iconic.  I haven't read that many short stories in the last few years.  I feel that I have met my lifetime quota when I was in high school and college.  English professors love to assign short stories.  At least mine did.  

Some were good and some were awful.  Some I learned from and some I wondered why on Earth it was assigned.  That happened more often than not.  Maybe it's just me though.  


I was absolutely amazed when I found out that most of my favorite Disney stories were originally short stories.  It stunned my teenage mind when I found out that out.  Like most books to movies, they only loosely follow the story and it was rather strange to picture the cartoon in my head while I was reading.  And at the end of Red Riding Hood- I was not impressed at all.

What are your favorite short stories?




18 comments:

  1. I had such a hard time thinking of short stories to post today and I totally forgot about all these classics that I too love! Thanks for sharing cause these are great!

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  2. I have heard about the strange ending to Little Red Riding Hood. lol
    I didn't know those were all short stories too! And my professors LOVED to assign short stories. Ugh.

    Thanks for linking up again!

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  3. I had no idea Peter Pan was based on a short story called Peter and Wendy. I always thought it was surprising how not kid friendly so many of the stories are. Grimm's fairy tales in particular still surprise me to this day.

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  4. Yes, I love those stories! Any sort of fairy tale-ish story, really. Even their television adaptations - right now I've been hooked on that show, Once Upon A Time. Good picks!

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  5. I love that you included the definition of short story in this post! Also, those book covers look like Kindle covers - are the fairytale short stories free downloads? I never thought about reading them, but that would be so fun! Also, I know I'm really late to the book chat this week, but I finally linked up today if you want to check out my favorite stories:

    http://megancstroup.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-book-chat-short-stories.html

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  6. I haven't read the original stories for a long time... Thanks for the reminder I will have to hunt the down again.

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