Switch made the following observation in another thread:
I only brought that one book with me to Italy. There was reading time on the plane and bus and hotel rooms. I would have quit after Chapter 2 if I had brought more books. And the chapters are only 2–3 pages long.
I like short chapters, but he broke into a new chapter for no reason other than to keep his chapters a couple of pages or to leave with a cliffhanger. But why the cliffhanger? The chapters were only a couple of pages.
So, of course, I had to ask. What chapter lengths do you prefer? And of course, since I'm asking on SOL, does it matter whether you're reading a chapter at a time online, or reading a printed book cover-to-cover?
I ask, because some time ago, I started posting the same story to both SOL and SciFiStories (because I couldn't figure out how to 'softpeddle' one chapter's sex scene, I didn't post to FineStories like I normally do). However, the differences in responses intrigued me.
The SOL readers preferred (based on the scores) the newer story, which better reflects my current writing style, has longer chapters, and more character building. The older book (2015 vs. 2018) has more chapters, much shorter chapters, but little character development, since it's essentially a 'race to the finish' type of story. The SF versions, though, were the opposite. While both scored higher, they seemed to prefer the shorter, earlier, less-character-driven story. So of course, that got me wondering.
Now granted, the reader sizes are much smaller on SF than on SOL, and you'd think that regular SciFi fans would be used to longer stories, as Sci-Fi generally has much longer story lengths than other chapters (because of the world-building required), so clearly something significant is happening, though I'll be damned if I can figure out what. To further complicate the issue, while both books sold well, neither has gotten a lot of responses aside from the initial 'atta boy' chatter (i.e. there's little to indicate the reader's preferences, aside from when I asked about it).
It's recognized that SOL readers typically long LONG chapters of anywhere from 6,000 to 15,000 words, but that's presumably because they're ONLY reading a chapter of two in that particular story a week.
So which do you prefer, and does the medium matter?