How many times has someone told you, “Oh I don’t like to read. I like magazines though. I don’t read books.”? This is enough to give bibliophiles like us cramps, and make smoke come out our ears.
I was out and about today and leafed through the In Style Spring 2013 magazine. It made me think of people who “only read magazines” and I chuckled, but then I noticed how heavy the magazine was, which is because it is over 546 pages long!
Check out the top right hand corner:
That is a serious novel, my friends. A lot of the pages are ads, but the people who love these mags look at all of those technicolor ads (I gravitate to the purses and watches). 500+ pages equals a lot of dedicated reading.
I understand that perspective now. An average magazine has, what, 100 pages? That’s more than most short stories. Some people like magazines, some people like novels. It’s all reading and that makes me happy. I might not usually read a magazine, but then I’m one of those people that will read anything with words on it, be it a cereal box, a novel, or a fashion magazine.