And It’s Flash Fiction in the Lead!

20 May

This is interesting, a graph charting the frequency of appearance of various terms for short-short prose over the years in Google Books (found as a footnote in the Wikipedia entry for flash fiction). It does indeed seem like it’s pretty much in the past decade or so that flash fiction has settled in as the term of choice.

http://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=short+short+story%2Cflash+fiction%2Cmicrofiction%2Csudden+fiction%2Cpostcard+fiction%2Cmicro-story&year_start=1800&year_end=2010&corpus=15&smoothing=3

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One Response to “And It’s Flash Fiction in the Lead!”

  1. bluenoter May 21, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    Having done no research but having belonged to an online “writers’ group” (for about five minutes), I can tell you that I came to interpret “flash fiction” as spontaneous and instant, perhaps produced under a time limit. Brevity had nothing to do with it.

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