In reading Electric Spec submissions, I often find that it is the human element that is missing. The story comes off shallow or formulaic despite having many strong points. Even though we are reading about strange new worlds, action without much interaction is often not enough to make the story truly interesting. Introducing a relationship can transform a dull story into an interesting one.
20 April 2010
On Relationships . . .
No, I'm not having a Hallmark moment. Instead, I'm thinking about science fiction or fantasy stories I've loved not just because of the cool world, or the science, or the voice, or the conflict, or the unique plot. Instead, it is the relationship between two (occasionally more than two) characters in the story. These don't have to be romantic relationships. They can be old friendships, family relationships, even people who dispise each other but nonetheless must interact. I'm curious about why they interact the way they do. Or perhaps I wonder what will happen with these characters when push comes to shove.