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December 02, 2013


Jack Getze

One could argue it is editors looking for fine characterization and long chapters who fail to understand the entertainment business. This reader likes bited size chapters, not because I'm harried or have a short attention span, but because story is most important to me, and I like stories that keep moving, that offer many points of suspense. Not everybody wants to read long, beautifully written descriptions. In fact, the popularity of Evanovich and Patterson suggests the opposite. Most anyone in the communications industry will tell you shorter words are better understood than long ones, that shorter sentences are better comprehended than long ones. Maybe shorter is better for the story and better reader understanding. Saying you like to work harder at something seems like snobbery to me.

Lexi Revellian

What about the good and popular authors, like Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Mary Renault, PG Wodehouse etc. etc.?

Writers don't have to churn out formulaic novels or resign themselves to no sales, surely - though this is the direction Big Publishing would like to push them towards. Which is why they miss signing huge hits like Hugh Howey's Wool.

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