Let’s talk about the length of books. We all know, books come in different lengths, I mean – duh! Some stories have more to tell than others. But what do you prefer? Personally, I prefer medium books. Usually medium books get me excited to read the book because I know it has a fair amount of content, but not “drag it out” too long, because then it gets boring.
I consider a short book anything less than 300 pages. A long book to me is considered 450 pages or more. There are some exceptions where I WANT the longer book. Like any of Sarah J Maas’ books, well, she could write a book as long as she wanted and I would read it no matter what. Like I said before, there are some advantages and disadvantages to long books. One of them being the plot lags more often than not, and sometimes, long books can be seen as a chore. I actually avoid long books because my TBR is so long and I need to get through it and reading a long book takes a long time. Which leads to…never ever finishing my TBR.
Now short books, I like short books. But on the terms of money…I don’t like them. I mean look at it this way: $20 for a short hardback, or $20 for a long hardback. I will probably lean towards the longer book.
On Twitter I created a poll and as you can see, 76% of people prefer medium books. There isn’t much love for short books or long books.
Why Do Authors Write Books a Certain Length?
Moving the question of why do authors write books a certain length. Sometimes I think it is honestly just by chance. An author runs out of story and there is nothing left to write. But other times I suspect there are other reasons why a story is long or short. Sometimes I think authors try too hard and feel like they need their book to be a set number of pages. I think it can be a combination of that and the fact that editors perhaps expect things out of authors. Authors get a lot of pressure.
What type of books do you prefer? Long, Short or Medium? Why? And why do you think that authors write their books a certain length? Thanks for reading!