On short story writing, and finding meaning

Today I had a look at avant-garde short story writing for my Creative Writing Unit.

To answer the discussion board question: Amongst the published stories you have read, which have really spoken to you? Why have they communicated so deeply with you?

Here is what I found out about myself:   So many stories have spoken to me; I believe I absorb them in different ways – depending on the headspace I’m in, and the reason I’ve chosen to pick them up. First to mind is Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon, read over 30 years ago and viewed as ‘life-changing’ to me back then. As were the imaginative worlds encountered in my childhood: the thrill of Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, the fantasy of Gerald Durrell’s view of Crete through the eyes of a child, the enchantment of White’s Charlotte’s Web. I experienced the horrific shock of growing aware of the tragedies of life through Sewell’s Black Beauty, and of Alcott’s Little Women. It’s interesting that books from so long ago still remain vivid to me, as though they became a part of me on the reading, and re-reading. Perhaps I hold these up because they fostered my love of reading. There are hundreds of books  that have spoken to me since: knife-edge thrillers when I’m looking for an escape from reality, adventures for just that, historical fiction to learn while being entertained, and, non-fiction for exploring the worlds of others. If these hadn’t spoken to me, I would have put them down.

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