Originally posted by justapilgrim32:
but this being an art based, asthetically appreciated field, i just find it an ugly fact that anyone would exclude a work solely based on what format it arrives in.
That's a nice fantasy and all, the sort of pipe dream that sounds real nice - "It's all about the story
, innit?" - but the truth of the matter is, Art or not, format and presentation matter.
The most wonderful album of the last 100 years could be recorded tomorrow, and if were only released on 8-track, nobody would hear it. I am a devoted music fan with a vast library in a wide array of formats, and I would ignore the release. There are simply too many wonderful options out there to worry about chasing that album down, no matter how good it is ... but it's all about the music, right?
A groundbreaking, entertaining, moving film could be made tomorrow of just the sort I'd like, but if it only came out on Betamax or some outdated real-to-reel, it would be seen by few. Why chase down that film, no matter how great, when there are so many other great films yet to be seen ... but it's all about the story, right?
The Greatest Novel Ever Written would not be read if it only existed in hand-written looseleaf form.
And so on. I think you get the point. As nice as it sounds to say that what matters is "great stories, no matter what format they arise in," it's simply not a realistic ideal. It's a pipe dream. A nice sentiment that ultimately falls flat on its face.
As has been said in this and other threads, at the moment there are so many great trades I've yet to read, and won't have a chance to anytime soon, that the idea that I might miss a really good yarn in monthly format doesn't worry me much.
Yes, it's the story that matters ... in the format I desire.