Monday, June 18, 2007

Short Stories vs Full Novels

It's kind of strange that for someone with energy and sometimes concentration issues, I find short stories so hard to read.

But I do.

I'm on my next Company (Kage Baker) book as loaned to me by Alison. This one (Black Projects, White Knights) is a collection of short stories. They are all fascinating and I'm enjoying them as much as I have the novels.

But I find them harder to read. They've taken me a lot longer (which is okay really, especially since I don't have the next book after this yet anyway) to read than a novel generally does.

Why is it easier to read a 400-page novel that a 50-page short story?

I don't have the answer, but for me, it is.


Nicki said...

Well I don't like short stories much at all, so I don't think that's odd :)

Darla D said...

I have a harder time with short stories, too. Honestly, I'm just not a big fan of the form. If it's a great story, and I'm loving it, then I'm annoyed that it's over so quickly - there isn't enough time to really develop things to the extent that I like. And if I'm not loving it, I can't bring myself to really care about it, because I know it's just going to end in a few pages.

I think novels are easier to read because you have a smooth narrative arc, which builds momentum and carries you through to the end. Short stories are, well, short, so it's all condensed, and once you get through one, you have to start all over again with the next, in a more choppy way. It's easier to put the book down between stories, and not pick it up again.

At least IMHO. So you're not alone! I felt the same way with that book. But you need to get the info from the short stories to really appreciate the next books in the series.