#VSS Anthology Volume 01

Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 reviews
Everyday hundreds of 140-character (or less) stories are posted to Twitter. This is a collection of just a few.

# is a hashtag—an identifying marker—allowing users on social networking services to separate out and/or convey certain messages to other users utilizing the same markers. 'VSS' stands for 'very short story'.

The #VSS Anthology contains over 150 stories by 37 authors.
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Review by: Mari Biella on April 14, 2014 :
Twitter fiction may not be able to do everything that longer fiction can, but I think it’s a worthy literary form, albeit one of very recent provenance. After all, when you’re so limited in terms of how much you can actually write, you’re forced to think outside the box and be creative in entirely new ways. (A comparison might be with the Oulipo movement, whereby writers have forced themselves to write and create under some very severe restraints.) Such restrictions, far from hindering inventiveness, can actually spark it, as many of the stories in this anthology demonstrate.

If anyone out there has any doubts about how much of a story can be told in 140 characters, a quick glance at this book should be enough to change your mind. These stories, as another reviewer comments, have all the elements you expect to find in more traditional stories. Besides, the anthology's free, and is the kind of thing you can read in your lunch break. How much more can you ask for?
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Review by: Moxie Mezcal on May 28, 2010 :
VSS stands for very short story, and at their best, that's exactly what these pieces are. They have all the same elements you'd expect to find in a traditional short, like conflict, plot, engaging characters, atmosphere, themes; they just accomplish it really quickly.  More than anything else, these pieces demonstrate that obstruction can spur creativity.  In this case, there's something liberating about being forced to stay under 140 characters. There's a built-in focus, you don't have to be all things to all people, you just have to make them smile, make them empathize, make them think, even if for only the briefest moment in time.
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Review by: Piotr Kowalczyk on May 12, 2010 :
I love reading Twitter fiction, and this anthology has one outstanding benefit I was not aware until I read it - opposite to Twitter stream, where you read great stories accidentally, you have all the best of it presented the way it should be: organized.
Every author in this book has his exceptional voice and brings his unique world to the reader. Just read three stories in a row and you're there completely.
Many great worlds, one great anthology. Waiting for next volumes!
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