Booking Through Thursday: Long And Short Of It
Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme hosted here. To participate, answer the question, and provide a link to your response in a comment at the host blog.
Which do you prefer? Short stories? Or full-length novels?
I tend to prefer reading novels. I like getting lost in a long story; I love having the time to get to know the characters and the world and begin to feel like a part of it. At first, this realization seemed odd to me, because I would much rather watch a television show than a movie, so why wouldn’t I prefer a short story to a full-length novel? It actually makes a lot of sense to me, though, because a television series also allow you to get to know a lot more about the characters and the place they live in the long run, even if it comes in smaller segments. When I watch four seasons of Everwood or eight seasons of 24, I get to know the characters so much more intimately than if I watch a two hour film. The same goes for texts.
I do occasionally read and enjoy short stories. I like discovering new authors through short story anthologies, and often go on to read novels by people whose short stories I liked. Conversely, if I really love an author’s books, I’ll try to get my hands on everything they’ve written, which often leads me to books of short stories. It’s also nice to pick up a short story when I don’t quite have time to read an entire book.
There are also so many stories that I fell in love with in high school, when we were required to read short stories all the time. I’ll never get most of those out of my head: The Minister’s Black Veil, Young Goodman Brown, The Most Dangerous Game, The Scarlet Ibis, The Lottery, etc. I read so many of the classic short stories in that time, but despite the impression they made, I just never really think to pick those kinds of works up on my own. Maybe that’s something I ought to start doing. I have collections of short stories laying around from library book sales, so maybe this Booking Through Thursday will inspire me to pick those up from time to time.