A reader recently asked:
Why do novels have page numbers? Seems odd considering they’re not reference books.
Novels have page numbers so readers can reference the text, compare notes, and share juicy quotes with each other.
For example: when I was a freshman in high school it would have been reckless to speak out loud about a certain scene in The Godfather, involving Sonny Corleone, a bridesmaid, and some explicit descriptions none of us could quite believe. But when my friends and I were crammed in my family’s station wagon, being driven to the movie by my mom, we could giggle and whisper to each other, “Think they’ll show Page 72?”
(Note: they did.)