I like them both. Some of the best work I have read are short stories.They are a great way to introduce a character to the literary world. Those who read your short story will likely buy the novel if they liked the character. They’re familiar with the character and are probably like myself. Readers will wants to know more about this fascinating character.
They are great for people who are pressed for the time to read a full novel. Many short stories can be read while commuting to work if you use a bus or subway.
They are great for entering writing contests.
But where short stories fall short with me is that they have a tendency to leave me hungry for more. I have even found myself looking in the back of the book, hoping the author was teasing me and has continued another segment of the story in the back. I’m sometimes a little disappointed when I learn, “That’s all folks!”
As with a poem, I know it’s going to be short or relate to only one aspect. I expect it when reading it. Unless it’s something like the Iliad and the Odyssey and no one writes those sort of poems anymore. If you exclude Dante Alighieri.
They tells only one aspect of the character (s) and if I liked the character I want to know more about who they are or were prior to the incident being told.
To me they are sort of like snacks in the afternoon that’s meant to tally you over until dinner. Or an appetizer at a dinner party. That’s meant to squash the hunger but it’s still there. Not screaming as loudly as before but it is still there; asking you when are you going to absorb more words? I believe that short stories are snacks or appetizers but a novel is a full-course meal.
With myself, I love to read chapters of a book, and then return later and read more. You know, kinda like how you love to do with the Thanksgiving turkey. Stuff yourself at the table and then afterward, later return to the kitchen for nibbits, make sandwich, slices, and keep eating until it’s all gone. That’s sort of how I reads.
Reading a full novel: To me, is like a full dinner. Quite appeasing.