Through Wikipedia (of course, LOL) I found the following definition by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America:
|Novella||17,500 to 40,000|
|Novelette||7,500 to 17,500|
|Short Story||Under 7,500|
Certain kinds of books - thrillers, for instance - tend to be longer, and romance on the shorter side.
I mentioned that the world is changing. I myself used to love thick books, because they would last for a while, and I could stay in the characters' world longer. Nowadays I have so much to do and am so tired I appreciate shorter books; I can read and finish something, and feel accomplished.
I read a study, can't remember where, that said more and more people are drawn to shorter books because our reading habits are changing. Readers no longer curl up in the sofa with a book; we read on our cell phones, iPads, Kindles, and portable computers, and we read on buses, while waiting in grocery stores, and even at red lights.
What do you think? Do you like your books thick or thin? Have your reading habits changed during the last couple of years, and if so, how?