In the last few weeks, I have been subjected to several people who have written from the POV (point of view) of an inanimate object. What the hell???? Is this a new trend I should know about? If it is, what do I need to do to stop it while it's in its infancy? Is it some sort of evil political thing meant to destroy the world of modern literature? Could it be that too many people have grown up reading "Readers Digest", specifically articles titled: "I Am Joe's Kidney" or "I am Pete's Anus."?
I understand from Chuck Zaglanis that Lovecraft wrote a story from an inanimate object's point of view. And according to Chuck, it was unreadable.
The two stories I read recently were so bad, so wretched, so unreadable that I almost admire the authors' their ability to sink to that level of vileness.
The first story was about a knothole in a wood fence. What? That's right. A knothole was the main character. The story talked about a yard from the knothole's point of view. Keep in mind that we aren't talking about children's literature here. We're discussing the desperate scratchings of a middle aged man who pointedly stated: "I just write stuff down. I leave it to other people to edit and correct the spelling and such."
Another individual, a large, bellicose man with a blocky face and skin the texture of oatmeal, wrote a story from a street's point of view. Ah...paragraphs about cars, bits of paper, and peoples' feet. This same individual proclaimed with pride: "I don't read fiction." Yes, well, if you're planning on writing fiction, why should you? Hell, go sit with the guy who wants other people to proof and rewrite his work, the two of you should have a helluva lot to talk about!!!
Neither of these tales were actually tales. The men involved didn't understand plot, character, theme, or any other of the elements of fiction. They give them lip-service, but don't want to put forward the work to actually become competent at executing them.
Some writers want to write. Some people want to be thought of as writers. Some people are just idiots and need to be put out of my misery.