If it’s not a fact, well, it should be!
One of the things I love about it is the breadth of creativity that is available to the reader. I can read a space opera. I can read a unicorn tale. I can turn to demons stalking a detective in Chicago if I like. Or I can go big and grab a rat-killer of a book and read a serialized epic fantasy like Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson. And then the very next moment pick up a poignant short, stand-alone novel like The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. It is a genre filled with magic and wonder in its diversity.
I choose what to read based on mood. Sometimes I feel like a stand alone novel. Or an anthology with quick short stories. At other times, I want a trilogy. When I am feeling really ambitious, I’ll pick up a book set in a series that is planned to span more than three books and usually closer to ten (looking at you, Sanderson).
Each format has its positives and negatives. Reading a short story leaves a reader with a feeling of immediate completion, yet lacks the space needed to fully develop a world. On the other side, a multi-book series takes a lot longer to finish, but when the reader is done they are usually quite knowledgable about that world.
My poll question today centers around these ideas:
Poll: What do you prefer to read right now—short stories, stand-alone novels, trilogies, or long multi-volume series?
I’m not talking about in general. I’m talking about right now, on this very day you are reading this article. For instance, Terry Brooks is known for his trilogy work. But he started out as a stand-alone novel writer and he is returning to that on July 15th with The High Druid’s Blade. It poses an interesting question about expectations and reader desires and the ebb and flow of story formats and what’s popular right now in this very minute.
So what do you prefer to read? Vote and comment below!