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 Post subject: Articles vs short stories in GGBP Books
PostPosted: 27 Apr 2020, 01:56 
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Do people prefer articles or short stories as the extras in GGBP books? I prefer the articles as I think they are more interesting than the short stories and am always disappointed when GGBP announce a short story as the extra in an upcoming book. Not that I don’t like the short stories but it means there won’t be an article in the book. How do others feel?


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I like the articles as well. The short stories are great, but there are plenty of drabbles available on line already.

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I think I prefer the articles too, even short ones like the ones about St Hilda and the real location of the door Gay leaves through on her escapade :D


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PostPosted: 27 Apr 2020, 13:30 
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Since I alredy had a complete collection of hardbacks when GGBP started publishing, I don't get either stories or articles as I don't buy the reprints, I do wish they would issue compilations, I'm sure they would sell pretty well, must be plenty of people like me who already have most/all of the books.


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I completely agree. They've even reprinted some of the books they'd already published, and put a short story in the second edition which wasn't in the first edition, and I can't believe too many people are such dedicated collectors that they'd buy both :roll: . A short story compilation would be great.

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PostPosted: 27 Apr 2020, 16:09 
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ivohenry wrote:
Since I alredy had a complete collection of hardbacks when GGBP started publishing, I don't get either stories or articles as I don't buy the reprints, I do wish they would issue compilations, I'm sure they would sell pretty well, must be plenty of people like me who already have most/all of the books.
Yes, same here - and not just CS books. I'd probably buy a compilation of short stories or articles, but no way am I buying another whole set of books just to get them.


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That's one of the reasons we have specifically not put 'extras' in the EJO reprints.

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I prefer the articles by far


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PostPosted: 28 Apr 2020, 14:06 
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I used to think I'd buy a compilation of the short stories if they were published. Since then I've acquired most of the GGB editions (because I am a bit of a completist) and I've thought again about the viabilty of a compilation book (or even books).

Who would buy them? The people who have all or a significant number of the GGB wo'n't want them (they already have the stories or so many to make buying a book for the one or two they haven't got not worthwhile).
People who don't buy fills-in will not be interested.

You are left with people who own the CS books in other than GGB editions AND who are interested in fills-in. Frankly, I doubt whether that's a large enough group to make a compilation book worthwhile.


Personally, I prefer articles to short stories as I don't really like "fan fiction". As has already been said, there's a lot of short stories available elsewhere if people want to read that sort of thing.


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Victoria wrote:

You are left with people who own the CS books in other than GGB editions AND who are interested in fills-in. Frankly, I doubt whether that's a large enough group to make a compilation book worthwhile.


I'm one of the people who does fall into that category, and I'd love to have a compilation of the additional material from the GGB editions, since I refuse to buy the GGBs just to get the short stories. (I did buy Exile as a special exception, only to realise that I had got the short story from the original competition volume where it was first published many years ago!)


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I, too, would love a compilation of the "Extras", but I understand that it is vanishingly improbable that GGBP will publish one - they have said not, and they tend to mean what they say!


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