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 Dear fanauthor,

I love your story. It is glorious. I love the AU, I love your interpretation of the characters, I love the prose.

But. BUT.

Your chapters are too goddamn long [for me]. Six chapters containing a story currently clocking in at a little over 90,000 words equals more than 15,000 words a chapter. This is OK for the (very) occasional gigantic oneshot, but coddamn does it get tiring working my way through[ ]15k word chapters without being able to mark my place like I could if this was a meatspace hunk of reading material.

Chapters are your friends. They create a good stopping point. If there are too few of them, [some] readers will get bored and wander off. Okay, it's not like you're exactly in danger of running out of readers, but. But you could totally have more[, especially since anyone who does like really long chapters can hit AO3's 'entire work' button and not have to deal with the pesky 'next chapter' button at all]. Just... chapters. Shorten them. Please?

Sincerely,
Advocate for the Society for Chapter Awareness

EDIT: And, in the truest tradition of dashing off rants in a minute or two, I made a couple sweeping generalizations and forgot aspace. Edits enclosed inside [STRONG square brackets].

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Date: 2012-05-31 02:07 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] unicornherds
Ha, I am the exact opposite. The more chapters a fic has the less likely I am to read or finish it. I just get frustrated having to stop and load the next chapter - a combination of my speedy reading and my ADD at work.

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Date: 2012-05-31 02:44 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] unicornherds
The 'entire work' button is my favorite feature. :)

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Date: 2012-05-31 03:10 pm (UTC)
mayanas: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mayanas
Long chapters are one of the reasons I have a document just for bookmarks, when reading on my computer. I'll write down fic-title, chapter, and c/p whatever sentence I've reached into the doc, and then do a search for it when I want to continue reading.

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Date: 2012-05-31 03:32 pm (UTC)
mayanas: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mayanas
I started out trying to remember the sentence, but then I'd get it all mangled in my mind. Then it was small scraps of paper or whatever I had lying around, but that quickly became very difficult to keep track of... Then organisation! I use it for fic, ebooks, audio books, drama-- well everything, now (I don't always have scores of time.)

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Date: 2012-05-31 03:52 pm (UTC)
dancing_serpent: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dancing_serpent
*g* Doesn't bother me at all, even if it's 90,000 words per chapter. Somehow I never seem to have trouble finding the place I stopped.

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Date: 2012-05-31 04:04 pm (UTC)
killaurey: ([CCS] Sakura -- I am a dreamer)
From: [personal profile] killaurey
XD This. The longer the better. I remember when one fic I was reading years ago uploaded a chapter that was literally 45,000 words long and I was totally, utterly delighted.

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Date: 2012-05-31 04:09 pm (UTC)
dancing_serpent: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dancing_serpent
Yes, just that. One of the WsIP I follow was updated with a 49,000 words chapter and I was over the moon with joy.

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Date: 2012-05-31 08:36 pm (UTC)
femme_androgyne: (Mitsurugi)
From: [personal profile] femme_androgyne
I'm the opposite. I tend to read works all in one sitting, so I frequently find stories with shorter chapters harder to get into due to the constant, natural stopping points at the end of chapters. I also only like long fics, so if I could find something that suited my taste and had 15,000 word chapters, I'd be ecstatic.

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Date: 2012-05-31 09:03 pm (UTC)
padfoot: (films/hp→ she's in parties)
From: [personal profile] padfoot
Whenever I do chaptered fic, anything less than 10k just doesn't feel right to me! Maybe it comes from the days of Fanfiction.net where stories had 63 chapters of about 300 words each...

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Date: 2012-06-01 03:36 am (UTC)
rosabelle: canon error... apply fanfic? (canon error; apply fanfic)
From: [personal profile] rosabelle
I'm with you on this one. I like long chapters, but once I hit five thousand words or so, I either need to take a break or I skim the rest, because I just can't read it.

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