Booking Through Thursday: The Long and Short of It


Here is this week’s Booking Through Thursday:

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

To be diplomatic, I have to say I like both forms. That said, I like novels best. I like the depth of character in novels. I like subplots and side stories. I like digressions. I like getting involved in the writer’s world — most of the time: sometimes, of course, you can’t wait to get out!

At the same time, a good short story can be as involved as any novel. The characters can be well-developed. There can be subplots — though brief — and side stories. I am also fond of story collections and like hybrids such as the novel-in-stories.

A favorite form is the novella that lingers on the edge of genre.

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3 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: The Long and Short of It

  1. I like both equally. Some of my most memorable reads have been shorts. Maybe it’s just one of those days, but I’m blanking on what you mean by “novel-in-stories”.

    • Technically I would say a novel-in-stories is a short story collection that after reading through it reads like a novel with multiple points of view. The stories may have a guiding voice or frame or theme. I would argue Dubliners is a novel.

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