Questions at the bottom of the post.
Ok, before you all start to get overly excited and we hear the usual ‘It’s not how long it is but how you use it jokes …’ I’ will clarify it a bit …. this is a question about books.
Obviously, the main image should have given that away!
Which do you prefer to read – Long or short content books and why? If long how long is long enough and if short how short is considered by you to be a short read? Also is the length unimportant IF the content is fantastic? – As in if the topic or story plot is rivetting enough to keep you turning page after page.
Obviously there are benefits to each – in recent years l have found myself wanting shorter fiction and longer topical content reads, but then l am losing interest in a lot of fiction, and prefer reality reads or factual reading. So that ‘ll make a difference with my reading style.
I consider books under 200 pages a short read and anything over 600 pages a long read and somewhat time draining – but l don’t have a lot of time these days and less if l find myself stuck with reading that is drab and unexciting.
This is also reflective upon my viewing of Films as well – l am not interested in watching something that is 90+ minutes long in one sitting because l become way too fidgetty after 60 minutes tops, whereas in smaller pockets of say 15 – 45 minutes l can find that l will watch something. I have noticed l tend to watch more series now than l do actual films. I was invited last week to watch the new Bond movie at the cinema and l simply answered with ‘Thank you but no, l’ll wait for the DVD/Netflix or Amazon options”. The film is 2hours and 43 minutes long!! You have GOT to be joking if anyone thinks l could sit for 163 minutes in one position without going insane!
I have several films in Netflix for example [300, Young Guns 2 and Moneyball] and l have seen them before but am watching them again, but l can’t watch segments for longer than 15 minutes anymore. With books, l limit my reading time to maybe 15-25 minutes a night, but then l spend a lot of my day time reading mostly topical content.
I used to read a lot of long content books like for example – Les Miseràbles, Victor Hugo which was over 1200 pages and also when l think of Lord of the Rings which was a long read albeit a trilogy of well over 1700 pages and also again, the likes of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo was also an excellent read and again at 1000 odd pages or something and a few years back l read the Alien series back to back. But then l was content to read story lines with anything above 600 pages. Not today though. Now l find anything fiction wise longer than 200 pages a mental drain.
BUT, that is just me – what about you – with the following questions ….
Which do you prefer to read – Long or short content books and why?
If long how long is long enough and if short how short is considered by you to be a short read – but also what would be too long and what would be too short?
Also is the length unimportant IF the content is fantastic? – As in if the topic or story plot is rivetting enough to keep you turning page after page.
Also for the authors amongst us – which do you prefer to write and which produces the best income for you – long or short content and whilst we are here and for those that may produce them – how about low content books also?
Let me know below … thanks.
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