Hello everyone, and welcome back to my blog! Today I’ll be discussing something I’ve been thinking about lately (as I recently finished 1,000-page-long Anna Karenina) which is whether I prefer long books (which I think would classify as 500+ pages) or books that are a shorter length (300 pages or below), and honestly I think there are pros and cons to both.
To start off with the obvious, longer books require more time and attention, and so can come across as a con to some people and can be intimidating to start. However, what I love about long books is that there is much more time for character, plot and world-building development and so the story can become much more absorbing.
One of the reasons that I love reading long books is that it enables talented authors to write an elaborate plot that gradually unfolds across many chapters, which can be so much more powerful and heighten the impact of the climax and ending. It gives more room for complex characters to be crafted, which makes for a much more interesting read. I love being introduced to all the different facets of a single character, and watching their behaviour and feelings develop in response to the plot. You also become more emotionally invested in the characters and the plot, and I find that by the time I’m halfway through an excellent long book I am completely gripped and cannot put it down. It also makes the ending much more emotional, and I’m the type of person that loves books that make me emotional! Lastly, as a reader you are able to be wholly engrossed and surrounded by the world that the author has created as you spend more time exploring it through the pages. One can argue that any talented author can replicate this in a 300 page book, and that may be true, but personally for me this is all heightened when the book is longer, as the experience is more immersing – and I kept thinking this is especially as I read more and more of “Anna Karenina”.
It is also true that because a book is longer, the plot of the story may not have facilitated to its length, and so this may lead to endless filler and fluff, which can be extremely boring to read and can lead to the dreaded DNF. I can attest to this possibility as I have experienced it myself, however, with a good plot it can get to a point when even though the book is 1,000+ pages long… you actually don’t want it to end. Also, shorter books can also be more gripping simply because the plot has less time to develop so there is less chance of filler, and this is understandably why some people prefer short books, but there can be action-packed long books too! And it’s also worth considering that you may achieve the same effect as reading a long book if you read many shorter books in a series – because by the end of the “Anne of Green Gables” series, I was completely in love with every single aspect of the characters and the world, and knew it all so well because I had spent so much time in it – and I would say each book is probably around 300 pages long!
I think all in all, it’s good to have a varied reading experience of short and long books. Now that I’ve read “Anna Karenina”, which was certainly demanding in terms of time and emotions (!), I will definitely be reading the normal 300-400 page length books for a while now haha (but then I will move on to another long book soon… I have a few in mind!) – even though I loved “Anna Karenina” and my review will be coming soon!
So what do you think? Do you love or hate long books? Do you agree with me?