… do you sometimes wonder about how an anthology comes together?
Hard to believe I know, but I have mixed feelings about anthologies.
I love the diversity of voices and stories; however, they can be such a hit and miss in terms of the quality of the work included.
What really gets me, though, is the way some of them end. For example, when you finish and think “well, overall it was relatively interesting but what the hell was with that last short?!”
It just strikes me that publishers and/or editors of anthologies need to really, REALLY, carefully consider the way an anthology is structured, similar to the way an author does with the story itself.
Leaving the reader with a raised eyebrow at the completion of a book of shorts will colour their impression of the work as a whole.
At least it does for me.
Have any of you had similar reactions??