“It is the form that allows a writer the greatest opportunity to explore human experience,” he says. “For that reason, reading a novel is potentially a significant act. Because there are so many varieties of human experience, so many kinds of interaction between humans, and so many ways of creating patterns in the novel that can’t be created in a short story, a play, a poem or a movie. The novel, simply, offers more opportunities for a reader to understand the world better, including the world of artistic creation. That sounds pretty grand, but I think it’s true.”
One to discuss. I think he has a point. Short stories pinpoint moments, or define characters, or otherwise shine a light, a small light, on the human condition. Poems are too personal, I think. Plays too constrained by their limitations. Movies too short, too addicted to action.
It is the novel that allows the greatest scope for investigation.