Topic: Need your opinion
I submitted my Scarecrow story to a site that posts horror fiction. The Lady that runs the site first complaint was it was flash fiction and she only took short stories of 1600 words or more. She made some very helpful suggestions on where to add to it. One of the changes is she wanted details of the encounter with the scarecrow. I wanted to leave it to the reader’s imagination but she felt that was a copout. I made changes (a few times) and she was kind enough to read a couple of revisions.
Today she said it wasn’t right for her site, which is fine. But what bothers me is it came down to two things I didn’t change.
1st She felt the main character (the young man) was unbelievable and to make him believable I had to add a teen angst angle. Her suggestion: the teen doesn’t like the mom’s boyfriend and he argues with her about it all the way to the farm.
I wanted the teen to be mature for his age the kind that had an irresponsible parent and had to compensate. A young man looking for a role model in his grandfather and a grandfather patriarch who isn’t the type to show love but it’s understood. not a stereotype and at least a little depth.
She also wanted the teen to fight and escape with some kind of reconciliation with the mom at the end. To me, I want horror that’s disturbing and scary. Changing it in the way she wanted would have made it an adventure story.
What do you think should I have made the revisions mentioned above?
Last edited by swollenguy (2010-10-20 12:23:28)