So today I was flicking through the May/ June issue of Poets and Writers when I spotted an article penned by Benjamin Percy (author of The Wilding) and Aaron Gwyn ( author of The World Beneath). The article was titled Spilling Blood, and it focused on the age-old argument of showing not telling. They tell us that Greeks often used telling instead of showing during many theatrical shows; that many modern writers show the scenes of their novels, not leaving the reader to use their minds for interpretation.
Often Horror fiction is looked down upon by religeous groups and other groups who try to depress profanity and obscene scenes of violence in fiction. I’m not saying they do go without merit, but this article brings up a valid point of writers all falling into the show don’t tell. I too fall victim to showing too much (if there was ever such a thing)Some scenes in a piece of fiction may not need to be narrated to ease the flow of the piece, or to cencor (yuck) a distasteful scene.
I think everyone should give this article a read.
So readers, do you think excessive gore should be narrated? Or swept behind the scenes? I’d appreciate your input.