Escapists Uncensored: The Chapter Divide

Escapists Uncensored

Escapists UncensoredYou know one thing that bothers me? When chapters are too long.

I must admit, I feel a little guilty for being annoyed at something which is trivial and frankly a little silly. That being said, it still annoys me.

I know I am not the only one who has an ideal chapter length because whenever I talk with other avid readers, I seem to encounter people who hate chapters that are too short. I am in the camp of people who doesn’t mind a new chapter every 4 or 5 pages. In fact, I think it can keep the pace up.

What I don’t like is reading a book while I’m busy and have to pause only a third of a way through a chapter. The story feels disrupted and I have actually noticed I am less likely to return to a book with long chapters than I am to one on the shorter end.

That being said, I still feel like there’s a sweet spot of 10-15 pages. For many, this is on the short end. I can say for certain I’ve come across some chapters with northward of 100 pages, aka exorbitantly long in my book.

What do you think? Do you have an ideal chapter length which tends to keep you interested?

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I am a performer by trade and have been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. My bookshelves are full of many genres but I have a love of fantasy, SciFi and steampunk which have only spurred my performing dreams to help one of these fabulous worlds come to life. I tend to read books with a lot of edge and grit; if it's got zombies, space battles or fantastical steam inventions, I'm in. When I'm not reading or off making my own adventures, I can be caught watching movies of every era, gaming, and being scandalously political like any good steampunk heroine.