Recently I was thinking about some of my favourite books and series, and I suddenly realised that most of them are really, really long books! Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for example is my favourite HP book, and that clocks up to an epic 766 pages! Similarly The Lord of the Rings is several thousands of pages long collectively, George R.R. Martin’s books are generally 800+ pages, and Brandon Sanderson’s first two Stormlight Archive books are 1124 and 1088 pages respectively.
So I think it may be fair to say that’s I like big books (and I cannot lie…sorry, that was a terrible pun!)! Partly I think it’s an inevitability, seen as I adore fantasy, and it tends to be the genre most likely to make a weighty doorstop, but I also think I just prefer long stories in general. It can take me quite a while to get into a story and truly absorb myself in the world and get to know all the characters, so I don’t want to find myself finally getting into a book and then it being all over. Especially when I find a book or series I truly love, I want to spend as much time within it’s pages as possible, so the longer the better!
However, there are probably some bookworms out there who are horrified by the sight of some enormous tome, and prefer much shorter, snappier reads, and I can definitely see the advantages. Sometimes spending too long in a particular world can get boring and sap the magic, especially for people who like variety, so short books offer the opportunity to dip in and out of many stories and many worlds.
Technically, the length of the book should be irrelevant when choosing books, but similarly to the way it’s hard not to judge by the cover, I think it’s hard not to factor in the length of a book when deciding whether or not to read it. If long books put you off, the plot is going to have to sound really intriguing to convince you to take on the commitment of so much more of your time. Similarly, if you can pay £7.99 for a skinny little book of 300 odd pages, or the same for a book of 800, it feels more like you’re getting value for money if you buy the larger one.
So I’d love to know: what’s your preferred length of book? Do you have one? Or is the length irrelevant as far as you’re concerned?