What is the most important aspect in reviewing short stories?

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I think that you are going to get a great deal of divergent feedback on such a question.  It will depend on what criteria is being used and how individuals define as importance in short stories.  I think that the themes, or overall purpose, of short stories are where their...

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I think that you are going to get a great deal of divergent feedback on such a question.  It will depend on what criteria is being used and how individuals define as importance in short stories.  I think that the themes, or overall purpose, of short stories are where their greatest impact lie.  The best short stories are ones where there is a powerful theme that is explored through the short story.  This is not to say that extended and more formalistic writing cannot accomplish this goal.  Yet, I think that the power of the short story is precisely its brevity and the ability to be able to convey so much powerful meaning in such a brief forum.

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