Random Thoughts on Books and Blogging is my opportunity to discuss my bookish and blogging thoughts, whenever I feel like!
Why on earth do you need to have a chapter that is 70 pages long?
Everyone has their pet peeves, and of course I have quite a few bookish ones. Many things can set me off, but nothing sets me off quite like long chapters. When I’m reading a book I can’t just stop anywhere, I need to stop at the end of the chapter. It’s a thing for me. I absolutely hate when any circumstance causes me to stop mid chapter. It’s just not a good place to end.
Occasionally this happens when I’m reading and the circumstances dictate that I stop right now (like when I’m reading in the waiting room at the dentist or doctors office). It irritates me, but I can’t exactly make them wait so I deal (and then finish the chapter in the car).
The worst thing for me is when the chapters are super long, like more than 25 pages (personally I think 30 pages is too long, but I can deal). Sometimes I can only read for 15 or 25 minutes and I can’t read than much in the time frame so than I have to stop in a weird place. Or I’m tired and I just want to read a chapter before bed and then I’m reading and reading and reading because it’s the chapter that won’t end.
My most recent encounter with this is The Princess Bride. While I enjoyed the book, I didn’t enjoy the fact that a few of the chapters were 70 pages in length. 70 pages!! Why so long? Where are people supposed to pause their reading?
Say what you want about James Patterson’s books but he does one thing right for me and that is short chapters. I would so much rather have a boat load of chapters that are 2-3 pages than even one chapter that is 50 pages.
Does chapter length bother you? Or do you just go with the flow?
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