Re: RARA-AVIS: Does size matter? (was Best films: Smith and all)

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 12 Nov 2001

Neil wrote:

"Not only in films, but a similar thing in crime novels lately. Big long books that are pretty good but would've been better as shorter novels. And then, thanks to The Ice Harvest and The 25th Hour, finally we're getting those short and powerful works that feel complete without all the extra pages."

Absolutely. Now here is a place where I wish Robert B. Parker were more influential. He writes short, quick books. When did this become a bad thing? Are books really like candy bars in that the company makes them slightly bigger before raising the price? Just because books cost more, does that mean there have to be more pages so readers feel they are getting value for their dollars? Do readers really judge books by how much they weigh? I far prefer tight books, some short, some long.


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