How and why literary feuds are played up for all they’re worth. Everyone’s aware it’s done for publicity so doesn’t it lose its value as well as making folk concerned look rather petty?
Where all the scam “services” come from and, so often, where they disappear to, taking money with them!
How hackers have enough time on their hands to do what they do.
Why there are times when the ideas pour out of me and other times when I have to work at it more. I’d prefer a steady flow!
How P.G. Wodehouse managed to be so consistently funny. Not that this matters too much. I’m just glad he did.
Why short stories are looked down for being “easy”. This is almost certainly said by people who have never tried writing them. What they forget is especially in writing to a strict word count, that takes discipline. The whole idea of a short story is to focus one idea. It’s intense writing while the novel you can expand your ideas.
Why markets for short stories are vanishing as with pressures on time that practically everybody feels these days surely these are the perfect fiction for those who still like to read and have to do it in a hurry!
Why comic novels (and in all genres) are in general terms looked down on given convincing comedy is so hard to write.
Where the idea of reading for pleasure has gone. Much as I love initiatives to encourage reading, the fact we need these initiatives tells its own tale. I find that sad.
How you can never predict in advance which characters/books/authors are going to take off. It makes you wonder how many are overlooked who shouldn’t be.
When comic novels will be considered seriously for the serious book and arts prizes. The same applies for genre novels, especially science fiction and fantasy. Wodehouse, Tolkein and Lewis would have been worthy winners of the Booker.