Monday, May 20, 2013

Do people read differently today?

Over at The Guardian, there’s a discussion going on about whether or not people read differently today, thanks to such things as TV mini-series.
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?

Helen Woodall

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anny cook said...

I read very, very fast so a shortie is a lunch read... :-)

Helen Woodall: Freelance Editing said...

That's the beauty of an e-reader. You can have half a dozen books on it then if you get left waiting in line and finish that short book there's always another to read.

Anonymous said...

Another fast reader here. For me, a 'long' book is one that's likely to put my back out if I carry it around with me (in paper copy, that is!).

Thanks for another great post!


Helen Woodall: Freelance Editing said...

Ah yes Deborah. Those are the kind of books I like to take on airplane trips. Nothing is worse than finishing your book with several hours of the flight still to go.