Monday, May 20, 2013
Do people read differently today?
Mohsin Hamid says readers nowadays expect details and description to be compressed from an epic eight hundred pages into about two hundred pages.
A commenter points out that many “famous” long books, began life as a serial story in a newspaper. In fact, they were originally written in bite-size chunks so today’s readers haven’t changed all that much.
I still like to read long novels for the wealth of characters and detail they offer, but I must confess mostly I read shorter books simply because of the time factor. Long books for me are for vacations. Shorter books are for everyday life.
What do you think?
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