Does size matter?

Julian Barnes won this year’s Booker prize with a book that was just 150 pages long.

What should we call it?” asked  in the Guardian.

Ah, here we go the heated debate of the novel vs novella. Don’t forget word count! I see so many writers focus on this and broadcasting their word count to the world. Nothing wrong with that but I fear some are somewhat distracted by some elusive goal they try  to achieve. Many times I’m asked how much is enough. Well, that rather depends.

Does size really matter? A great book doesn’t cease to be a great book because of its size. It may even make it better.
As an author I don’t pay too much attention to my wordcount. When the story is finished, it ends, full stop.
As a reader I’d much prefer read a short novel rather than one than goes on and on for the sake of it.

To quote Brett Easton Ellis talking about technology : “There are some tweets out there that say what needs to be said in about 140 characters, while certain writers who literally masturbate for 400 pages fail to say [it] as succinctly.”
In France they don’t make such distinction, a novel is a “roman” whatever its size and I think it’s a much better way to look at it.

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  1. Pingback: To cut a long story short ( the art of the novel ) | Elle Amberley Author

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