Is it just me, or have you noticed the distinct lack of quotation marks in flash fiction and short stories appearing across the web. I think it’s a trend.
What’s up with that?
In a non-scientific survey conducted by me randomly surfing small press literary sites, here’s what I found in a few minutes, three examples:
I decided you were infinite by Grace Hobbs at the Corium website. There are two nameless characters and nearly the entire story is dialogue, but no quotation marks in sight. (I like the story by the way.)
One Way to Rio by Kevin O’Cuinn at the Dogzplot site (fantastic example of well written flash, and certainly worth a read) is a conversation between a woman auditioning to be a lead singer and members of the band. No quotation marks of any kind.
Euchre by Kate Petersen over at elimae replaces quotation marks with dashes at the beginning of the sentence. Well, that’s just downright confusing.
So, do you use quotation marks in your stories, or some other method of conveying dialogue or spoken words? If you don’t use quotation marks, what’s the reasoning behind your choice?