James Patterson, one of the most prolific authors writing today, created a series* of books called BookShots, which you’ve probably seen in airports or Walmart. They are very brief, no more than 150 pages each, and they’re designed to be action packed enough to keep you reading. Patterson didn’t write all the books himself; some are romances written by a bunch of different authors.
I recently read one of the BookShots, James Patterson’s Hunted, coauthored with Andrew Holmes. The chapters were super short, only a couple pages each, and that alone kept me turning the pages, even though I don’t normally care much for Patterson’s subject matter. Everything was very condensed, so there wasn’t much room for lots of character or setting development. The plot was actually good, well developed for such a short novel, even though there were a little too many gunshots and dead bodies for my taste.
BookShots would be a good idea for people who want to get into reading but don’t have a whole lot of time or energy to invest in longer novels. They cater well to the shortening attention spans of the American audience.
Personally, if I take the time to sit down and read, I want to be invested in the book, and most of the time, that requires something with complex characters and multiple subplots. Big fat books are very appealing to me, so BookShots seem like cheap shots. Yes, there is a time and a place for them, but they’re not the most satisfying reads in the world.
Have you read any BookShots? What did you think?
*It is not a series in the typical sense; it’s more a “style” of writing or a collection of different books that don’t all take place in the same universe.