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Booking Through Thursday: Short Stories vs. Novels

June 3rd, 2010 (11:04 am)

Which do you prefer? Short stories? Or full-length novels?

I like both, but which I'm inclined to read depends on my mood.  I generally gravitate towards novels - because they take less time, if you can believe it.  By that, I mean that they're usually divided into chapters, and in my experience, a short story is longer than a chapter of a novel.  So if I'm riding the bus and want to read, I'm more likely to finish a chapter than a whole short story.  But each has its place, and I think some of the best writing has been done in short stories.  Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor spring to mind, but there are many others as well.

What about you?