I saw this article the other day that asked, “Are you ashamed of skipping parts of books?” Which, naturally, made me want to ask all of YOU.
Do you skip ahead in a book? Do you feel badly about it when you do?
I’ve heard that people do this. They are heretics, I tell you! While it’s true that novels require thousands of words, so that individual words aren’t as crucial as they are in poetry, they’re still important. Cutting unnecessary parts of a book is the job of a good editor. Who are we mere readers to say what belongs and what doesn’t? When Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix came out, plenty of fans said they would have cut parts from it to make it shorter, but I never heard any good suggestions (or any at all, actually) as to what would have been okay to skip. You can skip if you want to, but you are missing out.