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Today, my boyfriend and I had a discussion about show not tell and Burroughs. This story is a recollection of what John Carter did on Mars. There is a good amount of telling not showing. I think Burroughs is still effective in his storytelling, but we are conditioned as fiction writers that this “wrong.” What are your thoughts on this?

Also, how do you feel about John Carter?

I am struck by the fact he is a gentleman soldier. We have lost this concept today. Soldiers, especially officers, used to be well-bred, higher class individuals. John Carter seems to fit this mold. He is intelligent, proper, and sophisticated. Again…what do you think?

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