Keir Graff – Will shorter books save reading?
January 30, 2008
Save? I didn’t even know it was lost!
Since a lot of nonfiction books these days are novella length, Graff actually has an interesting point. SFWA defines a novella as between 17,500 and 40,000 words; you’ll find a lot of library books and other nonfiction books coming in under the 40,000-word mark (including First Have Something to Say, to be sure). [A typical issue of Cites & Insights is novella-length, but only as a whole.]
There are many great novellas. There are many great longer novels. People keep buying more books and checking more books out from libraries. Somehow, somewhere, I don’t believe reading ever got lost…quite apart from all that onscreen reading we all do.
Harry Potter has done more to “save” reading than about any other book published in the last decade. Short is the last word I’d use to describe JK’s writing style.
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