The novel is the form I write in most often. Certain friends of mine may say that this is because I can't shut up and novels tend to be quite long.
Kinda true, actually.
I am not good with things ending. I prefer TV shows to films for that reason - with a TV show, you're following someone (or several someones) on a journey. You become part of the characters' lives. With a film, you're only allowed to see a single part of their story.
Take a romantic comedy film. The couple live happily ever after. We don't get to find out that a couple of years later, they're struggling with fertility issues. Or that they break up afterwards. Or that six weeks later they have a row about toaster settings and both are too proud to climb down for days on end.
Compare that to say, Friends, which was essentially a several-hundred-hours long rom-com. I didn't even particularly like the bloody show and I teared up when Monica and Chandler discovered they both had fertility problems. Because I knew these characters. Without even liking them that much, I was invested in what happened to them.
I love to read good short stories (Dorothy Parker's Big Blonde is a favourite, as is The Wonderful Old Gentleman and Here We Are and. . . well, the rest of them). And a good short story, like the ones above - including Big Blonde which spans a period of years - feel complete. You don't need to know more. You know all you need to. The same is true of a good film. Really, I don't need to know whether Juno and Bleeker got married. I'd rather not know.
But while I can respect and admire perfectly self-contained art, I like to sprawl. I like forms that sprawl. So I'm a TV girl., and a novel girl, and a girl who will always need a good beta reader to say 'For the love of GOD, do we need to know where the bitch went to school? The novel opens when she's sixty-five.'
Why do you write what you write?