I started this discussion elsewhere and was hoping to get some new thoughts. Just for the record I'm not against modern fiction, I'm for all writing techniques but modern seems to be pushed especially in how-to-write books. I read a lot of vintage fiction and though it's only been a few decades, the difference in story telling is incredible. It's not just the lingo, it's the way people respond to one another, it's trends, it's mind set, it's sentence structure. The curious thing is - each timeline has it's own authors that sound so eeriely similar they could be the ghostwriters for the decade. Makes me wonder if in another thirty years will people will be shaking their heads at our ass-kicking women, gay best friends, token giant black guy, words like - sa-weet, fun bags, and whatever, health trends, drug culture, shlumpy beer drinking dads and iconic serial killers? Are we too greatly influenced by each others works, are we cannibalizing off each other to the point where though our stories seem different, the execution of language is so familiar that we're becoming ghostwriters to an idea. That too much focus on modernism and audience has left our stories different but our execution insipid. What do you think, do you think modernism is essential or overdone or not even an issue?