The Slow Death of Nuance
Over on his blog, Richard Morgan is writing about nuance in storytelling and the challenges faced by an author who would like their work to have some ambiguity:
Full Story: HEREIt was, and remains, the most forceful reminder I’ve ever had of the limits you face as a storyteller and the risks you take if you plan on using any degree of subtlety in your narrative choices. Your audience has a mind and agenda of its own, and short of nailing everything down with nine inch nails in the glare of a Klieg beam, you will always face the danger that someone simply won’t get what you’re trying to say. Over the last couple of months, complaints among the negative side of the readership response to The Dark Defiles have driven this home to me once more. Feels more like Book 3 of a four or five book sequence,kvetched someone. Loses points for the ambiguous ending, said someone else. I can’t believe that’s it. What happened? And so forth. Even some of the positive reviews talked enthusiastically about the next book, loose ends, where the story would go next.