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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Reading: Like it Long or Short?

My first novel was a time travel romance of about 80,000 words. The editor who bought it requested I add 20,000 more words to the story. What a challenge! But many readers want that 400 page, 100,000 word experience, and feel cheated by anything less.

And then there are readers who want to grab a quick, short story on the go. A novella may suit the bill, something to tuck in their purse or download for a read during the lunch hour.

I personally enjoy all lengths at different times. I loved ready Cindy Green’s short story “Snow Kissed” for a break at work, and also loved spending hours upon hours with Diana Gabaldon’s "Outlander" series. I enjoy an inspirational category-length romance as much as I do re-reading "Gone With The Wind."

So what are your preferences? Do you love the long novel with one or more sub-plots? Or do you find sub-plots distracting? Do you love the quick read that satisfies with minimal time investment, or do you find them lacking depth?

1 comment:

Amber said...

I enjoy sinking my teeth into a nice long read. If I'm enjoying a good story, I don't want it to end too soon!

However, the writing must be strong enough to keep me going. The biggest frustration is a storyline that is 90% resolved by the time I'm halfway through. Keep me guessing and I'll stick around much longer.