The first reason literary short stories such as “To Set Our House in Order” by Margaret Lawrence are better than popular fiction stories such as “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins is because short stories are character driven. For example, in “To Set Out House in Order” the problem of the story is how the events of her mother’s pregnancy will affect the protagonist, Vanessa which is a very character driven problem. This is different than the problem in “The Hunger Games” which is about who will win the hunger games, and is a very plot driven problem. Also, all of the secondary characters in the short story are very complex, we learn that the father isn’t what Vanessa always thought he does. When the father talks about how another character that we never meet in the story never lived the life they really wanted to, Vanessa finds out that her father may have wanted to travel instead of what he does now. In “The Hunger Games” the secondary characters are very one dimensional and usually have one purpose in the story. For example the character Gale is just there to be another love interest in the protagonist’s life. Finally, in literary short stories the antagonist is not always just a bad person. At the beginning, we don’t like the grandmother very much, but towards the end we realise that she has had many hardships in her life and she just wants things to be orderly and live the life she used to have. In conclusion liter...
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...s seems to have allies when she needs them. This is very unrealistic and readers will not be able to make good life choices from reading these types of stories. In conclusion literary short stories are better than popular fiction stories because literary stories because the characters are put into realistic scenarios which better helps readers make educated decisions in their lives, unlike popular fiction stories.
In conclusion, literary short stories such as “To Set Our House in Order” by Margaret Lawrence are better than popular fiction stories such as “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins because the short stories are character driven, have bittersweet endings and put the characters in real life situations. These help the reader become a better person and make educated life decisions, unlike popular fiction stories which give the illusion of ‘happily ever after.’
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