Booking Through Thursday

A weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading.

Long and Short of It June 3, 2010

Filed under: Wordpress — --Deb @ 1:45 am

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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 to “Long and Short of It”

  1. tahliaN Says:

    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. Novroz Says:

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

  3. Carina Says:

    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. DawnTreader Says:

    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.

  5. Rachel Says:

    My answers pretty short for this week.
    here it is

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

  7. Kathy Martin Says:

    Full-length, please! My response is here.

  8. Carol Says:

    My post is up. Happy BTT everyone!

  9. My answer is posted here

  10. darkangelny Says:

    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

  11. Kelly Says:

    You can find my answer here. ;)

  12. Alayne Says:

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

    The Crowded Leaf

  13. Kimberly Says:

    It depends on my mood. Full answer here:

  14. Melanie Says:

    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:

  15. Lindsey Says:

    Mine’s “a href=””>UP.

  16. Good question!

    Here’s my answer:

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

  18. Nancy Says:

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

  19. 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.

  20. Katherine Says:

    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:

  21. Lori Says:

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

  22. You can find my response here.

  23. Elsi Says:

    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.

  24. Shelley Says:

    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.


  25. pseudorealist Says:

    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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