Short Stories vs Novels.

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.

About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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4 Responses to Short Stories vs Novels.

  1. Maude says:

    I agree with your points on why a full novel beats a short story. That’s why I rarely read short stories. I don’t care for investing my time in something sounding like a high school English report.

    Your type of writing is what the literary world needs. They are a breath of fresh air. I was very, very sick of the big misunderstandings, angst-ridden alpha heroes, and the virginal heroines–who can do no wrong–and haven’t got a brain before I discovered your work.

    I sick of the overly good and beautiful heroines who bores me to death. Who endure is always some high society chick who met terrible circumstances and still have a heart of gold. C’mon that’s total unrealistic!

    I like the fact that A. White kicked that tired mode of writing to the curb and introduced something new.
    It’s about time somebody did.
    She introduced a form of romance that isn’t quite old school and definitely not stupid. Ana BuFaye has a heart of gold but she will kick ass if rubbed the wrong way.

    Usually in romance stories the woman still keep returning to the poor excuse of hero who have had some horrible woman in his past that did him wrong thereby justifying the crappy way he treats the current heroine. A. White protagonist’s Ana BuFaye doesn’t accept that a man’s past as a reason to accept crappy treatment.

    Ana didn’t excuse Ashton/Azazel’s past as a ticket to treat her like sh*t. And the Archangel Michael brutally worked him over at his judgement and destruction of his world.
    She gives Sam hell too.

    Something else? Why is it that the heroines can have the crappiest of lives and always still maintain their “heart of gold,” How realistic is that? That’s what makes them so boring. Yet the hero is always justified for his terrible behavior based on how badly he was treated in the past? That’s a another tired troupe I am so sick of that A. White left out of her novels. It’s a double standard that still exist today.

    Usually most romances follow the guideline of a dark and brooding hero with no redeeming qualities whatsoever, seducing the virginal heroine (Why the woman always has to be a virgin to be good or receive any sympathy even from other women. I like the fact Ana isn’t a virgin, she’s a divorcee and a mom.) followed by his cruel dismissals of the heroine for whatever reason. You name it. It goes went on and on throughout the whole damn book. Thank you, A. White for not boring me with this scenario.

    Ana is a different type of heroine. A man, mortal or immortal know if he dismiss her she’s leaving him if she has hoist Bea on her back and run away. LOL! A man has to raise up on his game to get her and he knows it.

    I’m really sick of these type of stories and I am so glad this author doesn’t write them. I recently read another book of hers (The Tree) and I loved, loved, loved it.

    Her novels are melodramatic stories filled with lot of people living crappy past lives and sometimes there are big misunderstandings is that are popular in the time period it was written. Ana has had a terrible life but doesn’t wallow in it.

    With most books whenever I feel the ‘big misunderstanding’ coming on it makes me want to puke….I grit my teeth and read through it because the writing is good and the characters are likeable. But with Ana the heroine of this series it’s different. The big misunderstanding makes sense. It isn’t just some whinny man-child wanting his way.
    Ana even put Thad, Bea’s father down when she learned about his cheating. She saved him but withdrew from him emotionally.

    You are writing about a woman of the future for today’s world isn’t ready for such a woman. She’s too bold and audacious for readers of today to handle.


    • Thank you Maude. I’m happy you are enjoying the series. And thanks a lot for the words of encouragement.

      You are writing about a woman of the future for today’s world isn’t ready for such a woman. She’s too bold and audacious for readers of today to handle.

      Thanks, I simply wrote what I wanted to read. 🙂


    • lula says:

      I shouldn’t have said it better.


  2. lula says:

    I have to be in a short story mood to read one. Give me a big book any day over a short story.

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