Can there be a short story collection or a classic novel without some bullshitty introduction that serves absolutely no purpose whatsoever? I am beyond tired of having to muddle through someone navel-gazing and telling unbelievably dull stories before getting to the actual book. This trend has gone on too long.
The ONLY good introduction I've ever read was by Warren Ellis before one of Joe Hill's Locke & Key graphic novels. It was entertaining, had a point, and was mercifully short. Most introductions (or should I say every one besides Ellis's) is dull, pointless, and long.
I can't be the only one who sighs in irritation when I see an introduction that is more than a page long. And don't get me started on the ones that have more than one introduction. I will explode.