05 January 2013
Size isn't important
That weirded me out. What an arbitory way to select books to read!
But then you see the huge block-buster novels and realise a lot of people must think like that. They say they want a book you can sink your teeth into but to me, that's a book bursting with ideas, not words.
Lately, I've been hanging around a lot of places where readers like to go online. Places like Goodreads. I've found that idea of paying for the number of words popping up again. Maybe it's more important in genre fiction, where a lot of books have the same themes and plot structure. If you have the choice between two similar books then I can see that you'd go for the one with more meat to it, maybe.
Maybe my aversion to thick books isdue to laziness. Books are heavy. Well they were, in paper format.
Then there is the fear that a big, thick book has lots of description. I hate description. Hate reading it, hate writing it. The only time I like it, is when it's short and clever. A well turned sentence rather than pages of detail. I assume a smaller book is going to be more succinct.
I don't like a lot of genres that tend towards thick volumes (and even then volumes that are part of a series). I don't read fantasy or sci-fi or that kind of thing. I do sometimes like a long, winding family saga that stretches over a few generations.
What about you? Is size a consideration when you buy a book? What makes you buy/download a book?