145,265 – Cold Sassy Tree – Olive Ann Burns You can learn many things, feel emotions you’ve never felt before, and understand how other people can see the world more. I don’t have an exact word count, but Martin Gilbert’s obituary says they contain nine million words. 61,922 – All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Remarque Are they all that accurate? Coyne uses the Nanowrimo word-count length of 50,000 words for his examples, calling 50,000 words a good foundation to build upon. Based on this list compiled by Nicole Humphrey Cook. (Better to have solid, clear information than rambling to make a page count.) 206,052 – Moby Dick – Herman Melville 0161-7370 There are many writers who choose the more difficult path of convincing publishing professionals that the parameters should be stretched beyond the norm and that their manuscript justifies a larger word count. Interesting. I’m currently overhauling the last 130 pages I’ve written thus far. 198,901 – A House for Mr. Biswas – V.S. YA books around 55,000-80,000. 183,349 – Great Expectations – Charles Dickens 128,886 – The Yearling – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings I was fascinated by the word count of the books in the Bible. The graphic looks at the length of some famous novels, poems, and plays from literary history. If you are currently working on your manuscript, you've probably wondered how long your book should be or what the word count of your manuscript should be. Working on my own and just hit 122,000 words. I’ve read more Dramione fanfics than original Harry Potter books, I’ve just realised…, Wow….I’ve read fan fiction longer than the entire LOTR series….really puts things in perspective. Really puts the novel I’m currently writing into perspective. XHTML: You can use these tags:
, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Darger#In_the_Realms_of_the_Unreal, Flash fiction is anything from 100 to 500 words, A short story is usually anything from 1,000 to 8,000 words, but many are often longer, A novella is usually between 20,000 and 50,000 words, The average novel is usually between 80,000 and 100,000 words, An epic novel is anything over 110,000 words, Eragon, Christopher Paolini – 157,000 words, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – 76,944 words, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – 85,141 words, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – 107,253 words, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – 190,637 words, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – 257,045 words, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – 168,923 words, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – 198,227 words. So, most of the famous fantasy novels are over 110,000 words – although there are a few exceptions… 1. This was so helpful! eBook Length is Measured in Word Count, Not Page Count. 169,481 – The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinback The eight Harry Potter books have an impressive combined word count of over 1 million words! 91,419 – Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan 99,121 – To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee 80,398 – The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett 78,462 – The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde 174,269 – Catch-22 – Joseph Heller Of course, word count won’t matter if a story doesn’t ‘hook’ the target audience. 198,227 – Deathly Hallows – JK Rowling 311,596 – The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand The Hobbit – 95,022 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 70,957 – Woman Warrior – Maxine Hong Kingston 84,845 – Gilead – Robinson, Marilynne How does 'Carrie' break out? However, there are intelligent books in all genres, so literary fiction is really just the upper echelons of books considered ‘good’ by revered critics and academics. Order of the Phoenix – 257,154 I think it stands as the longest fantasy trilogy to date. 365,712 – Lonesome Dove – McMurtry, Larry 73,404 – The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. 208,773 – Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie 196,774 – The Corrections – Franzen, Jonathan 190,858 – Goblet of Fire – JK Rowling 59,635 – Black Beauty – Anna Sewell The word count – 788,280 is based on the KJV and seems to be almost exactly as we’d expect (see our page on How Many Words in the Bible for more information on this). Really puts everything into perspective. 99,560 – Welcome to the Monkey House – Kurt Vonnegut 69,066 – The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain 145,092 – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith But because time sometimes slows down or speeds up when we’re engrossed in a good story, it’s very hard to compare the length of different stories by reflecting on our experiences. Cut, cut, cut and I’m still almost at 400,000…AND I’m only 37% of the way through. 58,428 – The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame At times the readers of books may be interested in discovering how many words they read. The actual word count for The Hunger Games is 99,750 and my utility calculates 94,743 words. 68,410 – Drinking Coffee Elsewhere – Packer, ZZ Now regarded as classics, these debut novels had to be edited to reduce them to these published word counts. 183,858 – Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë Half Blood Prince – 169,441 Not all books fall into one exact age category. WORD COUNT FOR MIDDLE GRADE FICTION Middle grade is from 20,000 - 55,000, depending on the subject matter and age range, and the word count of these books has been trending up in recent years. Need to grow this dataset. 135,420 – A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens When writing a longer book that is aimed at 12-year-olds (and could maybe be considered "tween"), using the term "upper middle grade" is advisable. And you’ve probably wondered how long some of your favourite stories are. I give you the word count (=how many words were used to write the book) and hints, YOU give the book. The average nonfiction book is about 50,000 to 75,000 words, which is about 153 to 230 ebook pages. Romance: 65,000–80,000 words (Most romance imprints have specific word count requirements that writers should know and observe before they submit.) 99,277 – All the Pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy 107,945 – Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte It’s finished when it’s finished, as my pop would say. Harry Potter Books 77,325 – Philosopher’s Stone – JK Rowling 46,118 – Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury As much as we would like to think we will happily read 250,000-word books or plunk down $16 for a 25,000-word book (really a novella), the truth is we tend not to. The Return of the King – 134,462, Other Famous Books The longest fantasy novel in English is Tad Williams’s _To Green Angel Tower_, standing at 520,000 words. 63,422 – Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf 156,154 – Watership Down – Richard Adams 112,737 – McTeague – Frank Norris 159,276 – The Kitchen God’s Wife – Amy Tan 83,774 – Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton 161,511 – Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier Here is what I found (in order from least words to most words). The number of pages also doesn’t help much, as publishers use different typefaces, page sizes, font sizes, etc. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This is a list of the novels over 500,000 words published through a mainstream publisher. (Thanks Nicole, and sorry for stealing; I wanted to see the list in order.) 100,388 – To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee (count confirmed) The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett – 65,113 words 4. Lewis 35,968 – Old Yeller – Fred Gipson When I started to work on novels I wanted to keep an estimate of how many words and book pages. If you liked Electric Literature’s Game of Books infographic that compared the length of A Song of Ice and Fire to classic novels, you might enjoy this infographic created for Cartridge Discount. Make sure you take a look at our range of reading glasses if you need a little help reading your next book! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Darger#In_the_Realms_of_the_Unreal. 56,787 – A Separate Peace – John Knowles I settled on two volumes of 820 pages each using a smaller font that my initial 12pt. Fantasy readers usually expect all their books to be epic. So, I did the math. 67,606 – Ironweed – Kennedy, William 119,394 – Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen Naipaul Reading Length is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. 144,523 – One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez Examples: The 6-word story attributed to Ernest Hemingway (Google it), Fleeing Complexity by Jon McGregor, Golden Years by Edith Pearlman, Widow’s First Year by Joyce Carol Oates. 155,960 – Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens And I’ve read web serials as long as 1.7M words. To be fair though, I didn’t plan it this way. I have read it. After a few recalculations over the following few weeks I finally had it worked out. Stephen King Word Count 11/22/63 - 274,672 Bag of Bones - 203,313 Black House - 252,270 Blockade Billy - 15,917 Carrie - 60,718 Cell - 121,931 Christine - 193,602 Cujo - 121,150 Cycle of the Werewolf - 15,955 Desperation - 195,011 Doctor Sleep -… Prisoner of Azkaban – 106,821 30,644 – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl To calculate the page count for a 5.5″ × 8.5″ book: 10 pt type – divide your word count by 475; 11 pt type – divide your word count by 425; 12 pt type – divide your word count by 350; To calculate the page count for a 6″ × 9″ book: 10 pt type – divide your word count by 600; 11 pt type – divide your word count … 143,436 – The Two Towers – J. R. R. Tolkien Although I’ve taken inspiration from the other two books I wouldn’t be writing my current novel (my 3rd) if it wasn’t for Sironia, Texas. 197,517 – Stones from the River – Hegi, Ursula 418,053 – Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell Also, here’s another list I may swipe and add in here. The best book I have ever read. If you’re a big reader then you’ve probably read a mixture of very short and very long books in your lifetime. Word Count Of Famous Novels Reading novels is one of life’s pleasures – you can get immersed in a whole different world. 59,900 – Lord of the Flies – William Golding 114,634 – Walden – Henry David Thoreau Ignoring the greats for a moment, the obvious answer to the first question is: it depends. Epic novels are works of fiction that are 110,000 words or over. 134,710 – Schindler’s List – Thomas Keneally Chamber of Secrets – 84,799 97,364 – Anne of Green Gables – Lucy Maud Montgomery Other Famous Books 22,416 – The Mouse and the Motorcycle – Beverly Cleary 30,644 – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl 35,968 – Old Yeller – Fred Gipson 36,363 – Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. e.g. Is Black Company being separated into five "blocks" a matter of omnibus publications, or does this graph really only account for 5 out of 10 books?. 88,942 – Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell 177,227 – The Fellowship of the Ring – J. R. R. Tolkien Memoirs of a Geisha: 186,418 5. We, as readers, feel most comfortable reading books within the range we’re used to–the length of time it takes to read 80,000-100,000 words. 85,199 – The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera 84,799 – Chamber of Secrets – JK Rowling 455,125 – The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien If you’re working on a novel-length book, aim for 50,000 words at the very least — but it’s better to aim for 90,000. 106,821 – Prisoner of Azkaban – JK Rowling 95,022 – The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien Book Word Count Ranges by Genre Fiction Micro Fiction: 5 to 350 words. 107,349 – Gullivers Travels – Jonathan Swift 64,768 – The Martian Chronicles – Ray Bradbury Goblet of Fire – 190,858 47,180 – The Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane Deathly Hallows – 198,227, Lord of the Rings 48,523 – The Outsiders – S.E. First off, it’s important to be able to tell the difference between a novel and a novella, a short story and a piece of flash fiction. Books that can be read by many ages are called cross-over books. 216,020 – The Amazing Adventures of Kavelier and Clay – Chabon, Michael 109,571 – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain 82,370 – The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje 49,459 – Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut 87,846 – Pere Goriot – Honore de Balzac 89,297 – Waiting – Jin, Ha Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace – 543,709 words ( source) A Storm of Swords by George R.R. 67,203 – The Fault in Our Stars – John Green 138,138 – 20000 Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne Based on this list compiled by Nicole Humphrey Cook. Sometimes you may need to be able to count the words of a PDF document. 138,098 – Snow Falling on Cedars – Guterson, David 22,416 – The Mouse and the Motorcycle – Beverly Cleary 72,071 – White Fang – Jack London Traditionally, Artamène ou le Grand Cyrus, has been considered the longest novel, but has lately been surpassed by at least one novel, or two depending on the criterion used to determine the length. 364,153 – The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoyevsky 138,087 – Moll Flanders – Daniel Defoe A minimum count for a nonfiction ebook is about 10,000 words, as long as the content is solid. 155,887 – Emma – Jane Austen Once I got the pace locked in (roughly)…about 60 pages in or so…I suddenly stopped… “Wait a minute…” The original plan was 500 pages with the major midway plot point at around 300. 103,090 – A Distant Shore – Phillips, Caryl Learn how your comment data is processed. 169,441 – Half Blood Prince – JK Rowling I’ve read Harry Potter fanfics longer than the entire original series… some which weren’t even finished. A lot yes, but I’d have 10x that if I wrote everything I’d come up with along the way. 130,460 – War Trash – Jin, Ha To get an accurate word count for your manuscript, take the CHARACTER count and divide by 5. 87,978 – Persuasion – Jane Austen The word count that your computer gives you is not a standard word count like they use in publishing. Pretty impressive! Literary fiction 55-100,000. Let's take a look at a few examples. I use Microsoft Word and a print page is different then a book page. This is the book that inspired my current story (although it’s like 99% not even remotely recognizable compared to Cooper’s). 123,378 – Atonement – Ian McEwan 349,736 – Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy 112,815 – The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman 114,779 – The Tenth Circle – Jodi Picoult 0060930314: ISSN: Return serials with the ISSN: e.g. American Gods, Neil Gaiman – 183,222 words 3. 119,529 – My Sisters Keeper – Jodi Picoult 316,059 – Middlemarch – George Eliot 177,679 – The Poisonwood Bible – Kingsolver, Barbara 66,950 – Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson Until I discovered AR Book Finder, a site that will give you the word count for almost all novels. How many years of the character’s life was I going to tell and at what pacing? Children’s Picture Books: 400 to 800 words Age: 14-adult.Y.A books have a teenage protagonist, but if you want to write Y.A you should be aware that the majority of readers are actually adults.Word Count: Less than 70,000 unless fantasy/ sci-fi/ supernatural, which can be longer, max 90,000. Millions of copies have been sold in multiple countries and the books have been translated into many different languages. For average word counts based on genre, see this handy reference. The online journal, notebook and playground of Hawthorn Mineart, by Hawthorn Mineart, under Books, Writing. 67,707 – The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway A PDF, or Portable Document Format, is a type of document format that doesn't depend on the operating system used to create it. Ebook Word Count by Genre. 127,776 – Life on the Mississippi – Mark Twain The average word count for a typical novel ranges anywhere from 70,000 to 120,000 words, with the average hanging around 90,000. Literary fiction is a slightly difficult genre to define sometimes, as it tends to contain a mixture of all genres. Salinger If you let me have the wording that will … This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. You have two totals for To Kill a Mockingbird. 82,762 – Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank © 2021 commonplacebook.com. Gone with the Wind: 418,053 3. 186,418 – Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden There are a number of factors deciding the word count, topmost being what sort of book it is: Picture books can be 100-1,000. 236,061 – A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving Martin – 422,000 words ( source) Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – 418,053 words ( source) Image credit: Cartridge Discount. There are some variations between versions with included/excluded text and verses, however, for the purpose of establishing the relative lengths of each book, these counts are very helpful. How does 'Salem's Lot' break out? There are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to what word count a novel in a particular genre should be. Sharp Objects has a word count of 80,565 and my utility calculates it at 80,137. 183,833 – Little Women (Books 1&2) – Louisa May Alcott I think the daily totals, what you put out in work for a single day are important, what the length of the story is, in total, in unimportant, as a number. 50,000 =========== NaNoWriMo Winners May I please use them in my new poetry book called “Everlasting Love” (it’s all about the Lord Jesus) Can I please give an acknowledgement to you. The Lord of the Rings – 455,125 92,400 – Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison There was a 0% chance that was going to happen if I kept up my then current pace. The Two Towers – 143,436 Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: 308,931 4. Also, you should include Sironia, Texas (Madison Cooper, 1952) at a staggering 840,000 words. The novel that I’m writing is at 53,000 words and I was trying to figure out how many words is average for a book of my genre. They have been adapted into eight feature films, each of which has grossed millions of dollars at the box office. 225,395 – East of Eden – John Steinbeck 166,622 – Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe My current WIP is young adult, so I compiled a somewhat random list of YA novels by debut authors and looked up the book’s word count. Jade on March 15, 2012 7:10 pm. 591,554 – A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth, Tags: books, literature, NaNoWriMo, word count, writing. Word count matters. Jane Eyre: 183,858 6. 587,287 – War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy 63,604 – The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne 47,094 – The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald Even with the wiggle room allowed by eBooks, authors follow commonly-accepted book word count norms: Kindle Singles (short-format eBooks): 5,000 – 30,000 words; Short Stories: 5,000+ words; Nonfiction: 10,000+ words; Novels: 50,000+ words; Why not just measure by page count? Eragon, Christopher Paolini – 157,000 words 56,695 – As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner 211,591 – Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky 82,143 – The Dark Is Rising – Cooper, Susan One thing that seems to connect all books considered ‘literary’ is that they are all considered to be intelligently written. 63,766 – Brave New World – Aldous Huxley 145,469 – Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper 561,996 – Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand 134,462 – The Return of the King – J. R. R. Tolkien So yeah, when all is said and done I’ll have most of the words of the entire Harry Potter series. theme: Serena, by Kay Belardinelli. Word count for famous novels, in ascending order by number of words. PS. Well, this, Infinite Jest and The Mezzanine. The word per page count has gone up some since then, but only by happenstance as I stopped using line breaks to denote the passage of time…and it will go up slightly more when I go back and remove the one I used prior to that. Lewis 42,715 – The Tequila Worm – Canales, Viola 46,118 – Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury 169,389 – White Teeth – Zadie Smith If you are an author of a book or know of a book's accurate wordcount, contact me. 66,556 – The Color Purple – Alice Walker I just realized that I have read Harry Potter fan-fiction longer than some of the original books. 1999 and 2000, or Jan 1999 and Dec 2000: ISBN: Return books with the ISBN: e.g. “Big Things” Daytrip to Louisville, Kentucky. 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