Long and Short of It

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Which do you prefer? Short stories? Or full-length novels?


Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

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59 responses

  1. I prefer full length novels. I like to get my teeth into something that can be fully fleshed out, to live in another world for a while, but I can enjoy and appreciate a good short story too.

  2. It’s depend. Although I prefer long novel but I also like to read short stories from time to time

  3. I prefer full length novels too.
    I like to experience how the chracters develop with the story and I don’t think it’s possible to construct tension in a short story.

  4. Short answer: I usually prefer full-length novels.
    But precisely because of that, I chose in my blogpost to focus on the short stories instead.

    http://islandofvoices.blogspot.com/2010/06/btt-long-and-short-of-it.html

  5. My answers pretty short for this week.
    here it is

  6. Good mroning all! My reply can be found here.

  7. Full-length, please! My response is here.

  8. My post is up. Happy BTT everyone!

  9. My answer is posted here
    CMash

  10. I prefer full length novels as short stories kind of go by too fast. I want something that takes longer than an hour to read. I will post this on my blog http://www.communitybookstop.com

  11. You can find my answer here. ;)

  12. Overall I definitely prefer full-lenth novels. But I have read short stories by Edith Wharton and Nathaniel Hawthorne that I absolutely adore. :)

    Alayne
    The Crowded Leaf

  13. I didn’t think I’d have much to say when I saw this topic at first, but once I got started writing, I ended up rambling on about it for a little bit. Thanks for getting me thinking!

    My slightly long-winded answer is here: http://www.reclusivebibliophile.com/booking-through-thursday-long-and-short-of-it

  14. Mine’s “a href=”http://talentinborders.blogspot.com/2010/06/booking-through-thursday.html”>UP.

  15. Good question!

    Here’s my answer:

    http://tiny.cc/8z83x

  16. I am interested to know what other people said. please stop by and leave a link.

    http://www.rosecityreader.com/2010/06/long-and-short-of-it.html

  17. I like full-length better. I enjoy getting cosy w/ the characters.

  18. I prefer full length novels as well, but I do like to read the annual Best American Short Stories collection each year. And I do enjoy novels in linked stories like OLIVE KITTEREDGE and LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN.

  19. Here’s my entry; the question was especially appropriate considering I’m currently reading a full-length novel in which at one point two characters discuss short stories:

    http://agirlwalksintoabookstore.blogspot.com/2010/06/booking-through-thursday-short-stories.html

  20. Sorry for the delay in post. I prefer the long novel.
    Here’s mine.

  21. You can find my response here.

  22. I posted a response to my blog but forgot to drop by here and post the link. So, if anyone wants to see what I had to say about liking long books and detesting short stories, drop by Reading in Texas.

  23. I see another Texan is here! What I write is a weird combination of novel, short story, and something else, so I guess I like the combo meal. But for a long-term relationship, I think nothing beats the length.

    Novel.

  24. pseudorealist

    I prefer short stories. Novels seem to lack the precise language and brevity found in short stories. Writers pay more attention to their language and voice in short stories. Short stories are less driven by plot and more driven by emotion, character, language, style, and voice. There are things you can do with short stories that are just unachievable through novels.

    To those that said short stories cannot display tension: Try reading Hemingway’s The Killers and then try not paying attention to the tension.

    I do enjoy novels but the majority of the time, I will buy a collection of short stories over anything else.

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