Deduct for hyphens

Mark Alger continues to pile up the words on his current writing project, noting that he’d broken the 30k barrier, and continuing thusly:

Not great, but not bad, either. So, to make it to official, league-rules minimum novel length, I need a round 10,000 words more.

I emitted a brief squee, he sent me to a source, and I wound up looking at the Longest Novels Ever, headed up by Proust’s unsummarizable À la recherche du temps perdu, which checks in at approximately 1.2 million words, or twice as long as any pony story I’ve seen. If Kkat were ever to put it out as an actual book, Fallout: Equestria, at somewhere around 660,000 words, would make that Top Ten list.

I mention purely in passing that the three short-ish stories that make up the TwiBrush trilogy would require some substantial editing to make into a proper novel, but they’re over 40,000 words in aggregate. All of you who said I oughta write a book: I damn near did. I just didn’t realize it at the time.


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  1. Mark Alger »

    8 January 2013 · 2:00 pm

    They missed one, as I suspected before reading the list, they might. I can count myself unsurprised that literati are unaware that Lord of the Rings is a single novel, split into three volumes for publishing considerations — as, I suspect, was the Proust.

    And, as I saw in the NY something-or-other, there’s some controversy over the length of the Peter Jackson Hobbit, and the fact of the matter is that was probably trimmed for publication as well. At least, I wouldn’t be surprised if it were.


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