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->''"The covers of this book are too far apart."''
-->-- '''Creator/AmbroseBierce'''

A common literary term that refers to a book being so thick and heavy that it can be used as a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin doorstopper]]. Or a literary [[ThrowTheBookAtThem weapon]]. Or a [[GeniusBruiser substitute for barbells]]. Or a method with which to [[Website/TheBestPageInTheUniverse give an orthopedist a job]]. While it is likely to be used in a spirit of derision, as it evokes the idea of {{Padding}} in spades, there are also many fine books that could technically stop a door or kill a man in a pinch.

Proper Doorstoppers (also known as Tree Killers) should be over 500 pages. If one book is over 1,000 pages, it is probably a Doorstopper. This goes double if the [[UsefulNotes/{{Fonts}} typeface]] is smaller than 10 point.

When talking about a "doorstopper series", the series in question is likely to involve [[HighFantasy great battles between good and evil]], a ChosenOne and [[MacGuffin mysterious jewelry]]. It is a doorstopper series if, and only if, every actual book in the series is a Door Stopper.

Oftentimes, publishers will turn an ordinary trilogy, tetralogy, or series into one huge book. This is not strictly a Doorstopper but an "{{Omnibus}}". These books, though, can invariably be used to stop doors, press flowers, act as fake gold in a bank robbery, or [[BreadEggsMilkSquick crush small children]]. These are sometimes for the convenience of fans of the series. Othertimes, with very long series or ones where the order almost doesn't matter, it's to sell volumes that don't sell anywhere near as well as the most popular books in the series. Conversely, a publisher might avoid releasing an intimidating doorstopper by having the book DividedForPublication.

Can and will cause massive muscle fatigue when reading while holding the book in your hands. Can also cause the written text to disappear into the center fold--or the ''book'' itself to rip apart halfway through reading!

TechnologyMarchesOn, and these days, a doorstopper can still be really, really long, but all fits neatly on your comparatively light and small smartphone or favorite e-reader. Keep in mind how lucky we are today compared to the 20th century and before, when {{bookworm}}s had to decide if they ''really'' wanted to lug the doorstopper of a book they were really enjoying with them on the bus to work.

The VisualNovel genre of {{Video Game}}s and any video games that use this trope has taken this to an art form. These games can have upwards of 70+ straight hours of reading (around ''double the length'' of an average game, which is 2540 hours) being unusually common for the high-profile games.

When a character takes this trope a little too literally, see UsefulBook. Extremely useful if one wishes to ThrowTheBookAtThem.

And what's a doorstopper without LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters? [[{{Pun}} Of both]] [[UsefulNotes/BinaryBitsAndBytes types.]]

A doorstopper can incite a case of ArchivePanic with one single volume.

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!!Examples that became their ''own'' doorstoppers:
[[index]]
* Doorstopper/EncyclopediasAndDictionaries (Real-world example)
* Doorstopper/FanWorks (Real-world example)
* Doorstopper/LawAndGovernment (Real-world example)
* Doorstopper/{{Literature}} (Real-world example)
* Doorstopper/MythsAndReligion
* Doorstopper/TabletopGames (Real-world example)
* Doorstopper/{{Textbooks}} (Real-world example)
* Doorstopper/VideoGames (Real-world example)
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!!Real-world examples:

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Return of Superman'' contains all 21 issues of the arc. Paired with ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'' and ''World Without a Superman'', another 7 and 9 issues respectively, it is thicker than a phone book.
** The collected volumes for ''Superman: Doomsday'' and ''Superman: Our Worlds at War'' are just as long.
* Jeff Smith's ''ComicBook/{{Bone}}''. Other comic books can -- and have -- run longer, but few of them are published as a single-volume, 1,300-page tome.
* The ''ComicBook/{{Cerebus|TheAardvark}}'' "phone book" collections; all but the thinnest four can indeed stop doors. And they're tradedrift paperbacks!
* Publishers have recently released complete collections of the entire runs of certain newspaper comic strips, including ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' as well as ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide''. Though spread out into multiple volumes, each one is still pretty hefty.
** The complete ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' weighs over five pounds.
** ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' [[http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Far-Side-1980-1994-vol/dp/0740721135/ one]] is in two volumes, each being about as big as a double-size cereal box and the preface even calls it an "18-pound hernia giver".
** Collections of comic strips often have larger dimensions (taller/wider) than normal books, as well, making them even more awkward.
* Given how long some comics like ''ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}'' have been running... imagine how big a "Complete Blondie" collection would be. [[http://www.amazon.com/Blondie-1-Chic-Young/dp/1600107400/ This volume]] is only three years worth, and it's almost ''four pounds!''
* The complete collected edition of ''ComicBook/FromHell''.
* ''The Complete ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', begun by [[http://www.fantagraphics.com/peanuts Fantagraphics]] in 2004: "50 years of art. 25 books. Two books per year for 12½ years."
* The [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel]] Omnibuses, massive collections of selections of various series, tend to be hefty. The Hulk omnibus, for example, weighs six pounds.
** At least 15 of them are over 1,000 pages. As of May 2013, the largest published is the collection of [[CashCowFranchise the first ten]] ''[[Franchise/TheDarkTower Dark Tower]]'' comic adaptations, at 1260 pages.
** Close followers are the complete collection of Peter Milligan's and Mike Allred's ''[[ComicBook/XForce X-Force/X-Statix]]'' and related spin-offs, also at over 1200 pages, the collection of Walt Simonson's complete run (as writer) on ComicBook/TheMightyThor and related spin-offs (1,136 numbered pages of reprints plus about 50 of supplemental materials) and the [[SpiderMan Amazing Spider-Man]] Omnibus (Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's entire 39 issue run plus two annuals: 1,088 pages long, three inches thick and a whopping eight pounds).
* Similarly the Absolute collections of certain comics and runs of comics produced by Creator/DCComics. They aren't usually as long as the Marvel Omnibuses, but make up for it by being printed at an expanded page size.
* ''Comic Book Tattoo'', a collection of short stories based on songs by Music/ToriAmos, is both thick and ''wide'', making it absolutely massive...and a great prop for using one's laptop on the bed.
* The Flight Anthologies more often than not deserve this status, as do the Popgun anthologies.
* The collected editions of Richard Starking's ''ComicBook/{{Elephantmen}}'' comics, they also usually come out in hardback first so they're quite heavy.
* The collected edition ''Toda ComicStrip/{{Mafalda}}'', with practically all the strips starring the Argentinian girl.
* The ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' complete case files. Each one contains a year's worth of storylines. And don't even get started on the upcoming ''Meltdown Man'' graphic novel.
* Although not really a Door Stopper, Creator/NeilGaiman's introduction to "[[ComicBook/TheSandman The Kindly Ones]]" states that the hardcover version of the book is heavy enough to stun a burglar in the dark, which has always been his definition of true art.
* The ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'' Omnibus collects 24 issues, and is officially described as being "perfect for long time fans, new readers and anyone needing a heavy object with which to fend off The Walking Dead."
** And then there's ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'' compendium, which is 48 issues, collected in one volume.
* The ''KISS Kompendium'', a compilation of the ''Music/{{KISS}} Psycho Circus'' comic book series which comes in at a massive 1,280 pages and 10+ pounds.
* Not a comic book but a book about comics: the volume produced by Creator/DCComics to mark their 75th anniversary - called, naturally enough, ''75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking'' measures around 16 by 11.5 inches and is three inches thick. It weighs in at around 15lb. Fortunately it comes in a sturdy cardboard carrying case.
* The "Ultimate Collection" volumes for UDON's ''ComicBook/StreetFighter'' comics are roughly the size of an average text book. And cost $60 each, making them similar in price as well.
* The aptly named Gold Brick collections of Antarctic Press's ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' are 25 issues each.
* The [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/G.I._Joe_vs._the_Transformers_Omnibus TF Wiki]] refers to the ''GIJoe vs. TheTransformers'' Omnibus as a "tarantula-smasher" of a book at around 500 pages.
* The ''ComicBook/StrangersInParadise'' Omnibus edition. 2 volumes in a single slipcase box totaling just under 2400 pages.
* ComicBook/TheInvisibles Omnibus: 1536 pages and just under 10 lbs. Not recommended to be read in one sitting. DC Entertainment is not responsible for any [[MindScrew hallucinations you may experience if you try.]]
* ''Creator/FrankMiller's Big Damn ComicBook/SinCity'', a compilation of every ''Sin City'' yarn written to-date. It's the size of a dictionary.
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[[folder:Light Novels]]
* ''LightNovel/HorizonInTheMiddleOfNowhere'' is almost certainly the light novel series with the longest volumes - [[DividedForPublication each of which is divided into two or three parts due to length.]] The parts peak at 1152 pages and average around 800.
** By the same author, and in the same continuity, ''LightNovel/TheEndingChronicle'' shows the same tendency as it progresses (it was written first). Volumes 1-6 were all divided into two or three parts for publication but volume 7 was released as a single, undivided volume of around 1000 pages. Indeed the author is used as an example of why the "Light" in LightNovels does not actually refer to their usual length. (It refers instead to the limits of what ''kanji'' can be used).
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[[folder:Magazines]]
* ''[[AmericanNewspapers The New York Times]]'' and ''[[AmericanNewspapers The Washington Post]]'' were Doorstoppers until quite recently (the last two serious newspapers in the U.S., and 25¢ in the case of the Post) when a combination of the ad-killing recession, Franchise Decay (the ''Post'' laid off half its reporters the minute it no longer had a serious newspaper competitor) and the foolish decision to split up its content into multiple formats (half the articles are now available for free in subway editions, and the front page actually ''tells you'' to go online to read an article accompanying a photo for a paper you just bought!) the result, needless to say has been a precipitous decline in volume and content from over 100 pages an issue to something like 25.
* At the height of its popularity around 1994-1995, ''Magazine/ElectronicGamingMonthly'' would crank out issues that totalled about 400+ pages in length (although half the pages were just ads.) This caused EGM2, a spinoff magazine which focussed more on tips and tricks launched in July 1994. For comparison's sake, the magazine could barely fill 100 pages by the time it "died" in early 2009.
* The British computer magazine ''Personal Computer World''[[note]]which is abbreviated to PCW, not PC World, which is either a different US magazine, or a British PC retailer[[/note]] also often resembled a small (ad filled) phone book during its heydays. Although it hadn't shrunk as much as EGM, it was still a shadow of its former self when it was cancelled.
* Japanese ''Magazine/ShonenJump'' volumes are phone-book thick, weighing in at about 500 pages each. And this is a ''weekly'' series. Hope you're big into recycling.
** The monthly American version is no slouch either. A few years ago, it covered 7 series, and had about 400 pages per issue. Unfortunately, that's been going down recently, with the most recent issue having 4 series and 250 pages.
* ''{{Vogue}}'' is generally on the thick side, but its annual Spring and Fall fashion issues are always the magazine's 800-lb gorillas. Or should it be, ''500-page'' gorillas. Most of it is ads, which you can't even call padding because it's an essential part of the magazine. But still, the ''table of contents'' doesn't even start until page 100 or so!
* While ''Magazine/{{Playboy}}'' usually goes over a 100 pages, sometimes it reaches the 250-300 mark (most are advertising to maintain such a number of articles/pictorials, but still!).
* Before Internet shopping was commonplace, ''Computer Shopper'' carried ads to buy anything computer related. The result was a magazine that averaged 800 poster-sized pages, easily making it the largest magazine on newsstand shelves.
** This was the norm for print magazines of this type (of which there were several) in that era. Finding the editorial content in them was somewhat of a chore, as it was no larger than for a typical magazine, leaving almost all pages as nothing but ads.
* Any worthwhile partwork that makes it to the end of its run will end up quite hefty. Marshall Cavendish, renowned publisher of partworks, came up with the computer programming collection ''Input'' in the UK in the early-mid 80s; 52 issues at 32 pages a piece comes out to 1664 pages and four very heavy binders.
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[[folder:Manga]]
* Creator/KatsuhiroOtomo's CyberPunk[=/=]BioPunk magnum opus of manga, ''Manga/{{Akira}}'', weighs in with six small-phonebook-sized volumes totaling 2182 pages.
* ''ItTakesAWizard'' was called this, mostly because it's ''notably'' longer than most manga.
* In order to cut costs during the economic downturn, many North American manga publishers have been combining two or three volumes of material into a single book. The resulting releases, depending on their dimensions, look either like phone books or pocket dictionaries. It's even more common with reprints of old material, since the title likely already made back its licensing costs during the original release, thus there is an incentive to put out a more economical book for new/poorer fans.
** For example, Creator/VizMedia released ''Manga/CrossGame'' as 2-in-1 books, each one just over 350 pages apiece.
** ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' doesn't seem very long once you've finished it, but the 4-volumes-in-1 omnibus is a somewhat surprising 686 pages. The lightning-fast presentation, however (think "newspaper comic"), belies the length.
*** While the ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' omnibuses deserve special mention at 720 pages each, EVERY Creator/{{Clamp}} omnibus being released by Creator/DarkHorseComics qualifies at more than 500 pages each.
** Creator/VizMedia reprinted some of their legacy Magazine/ShonenJump titles in what they termed their "[=VizBIG=]" line. These are omnibuses of popular titles like ''Manga/DragonBall'' or ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' printed on noticeably higher-quality paper, with larger dimensions (5¾"×8½" instead of 5"×7"). They also put three or even four old volumes into a book, making each one 600 or more pages, literally phone-book sized.
* ''Manga/BattleRoyale'' is almost 3,000 pages, and feels like a small fraction of that.
* Every single volume of Keiko Tobe's ''Manga/WithTheLight'' qualifies. Seriously.
* Omnibus release of ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' - in two halves but they're huge seperately.
* Technicaly, they're magazines, not books, but the ''Manga/OnePiece Logs'' average 30 chapters and 700 pages. There's 16 so far and it's not gonna stop anytime soon.
* The Japanese-language single volume collection of ''Manga/DeathNote'', which has 2400 pages and weighs ten pounds.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/LaurieAnderson's first LiveAlbum, ''United States Live'', also qualifies, as it is ''five'' records long.
* Music/NeilYoung once stopped a classroom bully with one of these. He asked the teacher if he could borrow the unabridged dictionary, then walked past the bully and dropped it on his head. Said bully hadn't even been harassing him, but another kid in the class.
* Until 2010, Penguin published guides to recorded classical and jazz music. These informative tomes each consistently came in at well over 1500 pages.
* ''The Da Capo Catalog of Classical Music Compositions'' exhaustively catalogs the works of 132 major composers, and it comes in at almost 1400 pages.
* ''Franz Schubert: The Complete Songs'' started as liner notes to pianist Graham Johnson's [[ArchivePanic 40-CD set]] of Music/FranzSchubert's ''lieder''. It eventually turned into a 3-volume, 3,000 page set that includes German and English texts of the songs, Johnson's analyses of each song, a chronology, relevant artwork, etc. - enough to keep any Schubert scholar occupied for weeks.
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/MickFoley's autobiography ''Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks'' is nearly 700 pages long. But that's not all - he has three more, ''Foley Is Good'', ''The Hardcore Diaries'' and ''Countdown To Lockdown'', all of which clock in at an average of 400 each. This in addition to his several original novels. He's credited with getting wrestling fans interested in reading, when they weren't before.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* The Ultimate Millenium Falcon set by ''Toys/{{Lego}}'' featured a 500-page ring-bound instruction manual that weighed four pounds.
** The set itself contained 5219 pieces and retailed for 500 US dollars.
** Instruction booklets for modern Lego sets seem longer in general. Compare, for example, SPII set #6984 (1992) with SPIII set #5984 (2010). Both have the same number of figurines, and about the same number of pieces, yet the instruction manual of the former set is 20 pages long while the latter has a 76-page manual, of which some pages are advertising.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The play time for ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' is usually put at about three full days, so at least seventy hours of straight play time. And that's skipping scenes that occur in the multiple routes. In English, the total word count clocks in at a bit over a million words, counting all 3 routes.
** The sequel, ''VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia'', is also notoriously long. While the main story is straightforward enough, there are an awful lot of bonus scenes and similar things.
* Which is outdone by ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'', which can take several ''hundred'' hours to complete fully.
* Itself outdone by ''VisualNovel/{{Rewrite}}'', which is currently Key Visual Arts' longest one ever, beating even ''Clannad'' and ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters''.
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' clocks at around a 6 MB text file for all Episodes -- compare ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' which is around 3.2 MB worth of text. On the upside, the novel is pretty linear until the eighth Episode. Lampshaded in Episode 5 (out of 8):
--> '''Ronove''': If you were to write down the unprecedented feats of Ushiromiya Kinzo, ......you would probably have an uproarious tale longer than all the grimoires in the study put together. It seems the tale of [the main character] will be worth writing down as well. In fact, it already is being written. It's already a very, very long tale.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'' is by itself over 750 pages long, and the omnibus edition adds many pages of extras making it 800 large and rather thick pages. The author says in one of her notes the irony of having produced this book while disliking {{Doorstopper}} fantasy novels.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is over 800,000 words long as of August 2015, which makes it longer than ''Literature/LesMiserables''. [[http://readmspa.org/stats/ Here are some helpful stats.]] As another estimate, ''Homestuck Book One'' is 162 book-pages, and encompasses Act 1 (which is 247 web-pages). If all of ''Homestuck'', which is approx. 7600 web-pages and still ongoing, was converted into a book, it would be ca. ''5000 book-pages.''As noted below, there are also several in-universe examples.
* The ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' [[WebcomicPrintCollection books]] aren't that long with less than 300 pages each. But the paper quality is so good that they're freakin' heavy.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is over 1000 pages/strips long and has clocked in at five volumes (so far), with one prequel volume for the heroes and villains each, and a (presumably) non-canonical, just-for-fun collection of comics. That's eight volumes, with the ninth currently being written and released, and a possible tenth (or more) if the story doesn't wrap up in this arc.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': The series has a bit less than 9 million words for the first year of Generation 1 alone. In comparison, the Harry Potter books, in total, has about 1 million.
** The Phase story "Ayla and the Tests" is longer than six out of seven Harry Potter books.
* If the entirety of the ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'' [=RPs=] were to be printed out, it would take 400 pages to print out the second one and ''over 900'' pages to print the final one.
* Blog/TheHalfWorld [=MSTs=] were counted to be at ca. 200,000 words only after one year, which meant it was updating faster than ''Homestuck''. However, he has both taken down many of these early [=MSTs=] ''and'' slowed down production of new ones.
* ''[[http://www.fictionpress.com/s/2581873/1/Koukon_Bridge Koukon Bridge]]'', which would have been completely ordinary [[WebSerialNovel FictionPress]] material were it not the fact that it's over ''two million words long'' and still unfinished. It hasn't updated since 2014, however.
* Similar to the FanfictionDotNet example above, Website/WritingDotCom hosts many works (fanfiction, interactive, or original stories) that quickly amass 1000 chapters or more. Some have several thousand chapters and are less than 1 year old!
* The entire archive of ''Literature/MetamorKeep'' will be a ''huge'' one.
* The ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' administration once required new members to read all the SCP and Tale pages (each getting to typical short story length at the longest) aside from the site etiquette and how-to essays. After the number of SCP and Tale pages started reaching into the thousands, however, this policy changed to having members read enough pages (preferably including the highest rated [=SCP=]s) to get a good feel for the wiki. [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/forum/t-1046415/yet-another-statistics-thread Statistics from October 2015]] show that the total wordcount of all the SCP articles and Tales is nearly ''five million'' (and that's not counting over half a million words on other pages.)
* [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/the-journal-of-aframos-longjourney The Journal of Aframos Longjourney]] ([[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/aframos-introduction introduction here]]) from ''Wiki/TheWanderersLibrary'', at least by the standards of the site. It's well over 70 entries and still going, all describing the travels of the eponymous Longjourney.
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' is now completed at 1.65 million words.
** For reference, that's longer than the entire Harry Potter series (1,084,070 words), even more impressive when you consider the author was writing at least two chapters a week for the duration.
* As of May 12, 2014 ''RolePlay/WeAreAllPokemonTrainers'' is about 14,892 pages and counting, and text-only versions of single forum pages on the main thread alone can be in the range of 5-8 pages. A conservative estimate of the amount of printed pages would be about 105,000 pages and counting.
* Once possibly the mother of all examples, ''[[http://book.qidian.com/info/22919 Cong Ling Kai Shi]]'' (Start From Zero) is a Chinese-language novel that at its conclusion in March 2016 had ''20.2 million'' characters subdivided into 23 volumes, each with anywhere between five and 565 chapters. Since one English word is roughly equivalent to 1.5 Chinese characters, this gives an estimated equivalent word count of over ''13 million''. However, this has since been overtaken by ''Bringing the Farm to Another World'' which contained about ''24 million characters'' as of August 2017.
* Chinese wuxia/xianxia web novels can get pretty long as well. Case in point:
** ''Literature/CoilingDragon'', which has just under 3.4 million Chinese characters. The English translation has yet to be counted.
** ''Literature/DesolateEra'', by the same author, has 4.2 million, released over 26 months.
** ''Martial God Asura'' as of March 2016 had nearly ''2400 chapters'' estimated at ~2100 Chinese characters each and grouped into 6 volumes.
* Blog/{{Froghand}}:
** Copying and pasting every article and BUAFY from May 2016 to November 2016, including the headers, leads to a bigass 320,000 words - all in the span of six months, including the break Froge took in July. It's helpful to mention this was all made by one person as a personal project.
** Although a modest sum compared to other mediums, the 26,000 word count of [[https://froghand.neocities.org/writersguide.html The Froge Guide to Writing]] (which is more of a triad of advice than an actual guide) is huge compared to what you expect out of a typical blog. This was intentional, as he wanted to beat the word count of his OldShame[[invoked]] "[[https://froghand.neocities.org/valveshitware.html The Industrial Steamworks]]", a 21,000 rant against Creator/ValveSoftware.
** Froge has been known to write thousands of words in the span of a day, such as the 5,300 word [[https://froghand.neocities.org/tenthousandupdates.html 10,000 Update Special]] being written in a single evening at the request of a fan.
---> When you see, for instance, me write 3,000 words in a single update, or write a massive BUAFY, or write 14 reviews of an anime over two weeks, then know that it isn't because of some magical otherworldly thing. It's all very human and very simple. I simply spend the time to do the thing, and so I do it. I get past all the negatives, I get past all the "what if I'm not good enough?" (which I haven't had in over six months), and I get past every fibre in my body that wants me to be a lazy shit and take a break and give up... and the net result is that I get a blog that just so happens to write more words than any other thing I have ever written.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''Simpsons World: The Ultimate Episode Guide'' is a complete guide to the first twenty seasons of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. At two pages per episodes (four for the [[BizarroEpisode Treehouse of Horror episodes]]), plus profiles on the family, a guide to the early shorts and Itchy and Scratchy shorts, analysis of every opening sequence, and complete lists of the {{Couch Gag}}s, Homer saying [[CatchPhrase d'oh and mmm]], the Church of Springfield marquees, the Krusty merchandise, Troy [=McClure's=] roles, song lyrics, who voices every character (''every'' character, even unnamed, one-line ones), and celebrity guest stars, plus a massive index, it clocks in at ''1200'' pages long, or 3.3 inches thick, and weighs 9 pounds. The intro calls it "the biggest, thickest, most-lethal-if-it-were-dropped-on-your-head companion to the show yet".
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[[folder:Other]]
* Though ''Lonely Planet'' tour guides are usually devoted to either a single region/city in a large country (ie, "London," "The American Southwest") or a small country, they do occasionally publish more ambitious, comprehensive guides with a page count to match. Their guides to simply "Western Europe" and the "United States" are each over 1,000 pages, which does somewhat test the limit of "backpack friendly."
* It has been estimated that, was the human genome compiled into books, it would occupy the equivalent of ''200 books, each one with the size of a Manhattan phone book and 1000 pages each''. And most importantly being written with just four letters (A, T, C, and G), one for each DNA base.
* The hugest mathematical proof in history is the proof of the [[http://mathworld.wolfram.com/ClassificationTheoremofFiniteGroups.html Classification Theorem of Finite Groups]], which according to Mathworld is "spread throughout the mathematical literature and is estimated to be approximately 15000 pages in length". Thankfully, progress is being made on a more compact version of the proof, which as of 2016 takes up a ''mere'' 2140 pages or so across [[http://bookstore.ams.org/authors@AuthorsSearch=Gorenstein%2C%20Daniel six volumes]] (but is not finished yet.)
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!!In-universe examples:

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'':
** Koro-sensei hands each student a gigantic, super-detailed [[GreatBigBookOfEverything travel guide]] of Kyoto. It includes miscellaneous information such as maps, popular sightseeing sights, Kyoto's Top 100 souvenirs, what to do if a five-story pagoda collapses, coping with food that accidentally gets stuck in your throat, and "How to comfort yourself when seeing couples flirting by the Kamo river makes you feel lonely". The guide's contents eventually help the students track down and [[ThrowTheBookAtThem knock out]] the delinquents who kidnapped their friends.
** He later gives 3-E another guidebook for the ideal way to spend their summer break, which actually ends up longer than the Kyoto travel guide.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': April 28, 2008:
-->'''Jon:''' This is my new cell phone.\\
'''Jon:''' ''[holding enormous book]'' And this is the manual for it.\\
'''Garfield:''' "Volume One."
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/WonderBoys'', Michael Douglas' character, Grady Tripp has been working on a book for years. Despite setting out to write one 250-300 pages in length, he has been writing on it continuously and the total number of pages ranges in the 2000s.
-->'''James Leer''': "Is... ''all of that'' single-space?"
* In the ''Film/InspectorGadget'' movie, there is the humongous manual to Gadget's new cyborg body. And that's just '''Volume One'''...
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Parodied in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', when the Librarian responds to a dwarf digging into the library by reaching for a 3000 page book called ''How to Kille Insects'' (sic). The good news is the dwarf was wearing a helmet. The bad news is, said helmet is now stuck on his head.
* ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'':
** The microfiche version of the Ultra-Complete Maximegalon Dictionary of Every Language Ever requires a fleet of lorries to transport.
** The eponymous Guide would require several large buildings to store if it were ever printed on paper instead of stored electronically.
** The rules for Brockian Ultra Cricket are so intricate and convoluted that, the only time they were printed, the book collapsed under its own weight and became a black hole.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Harry and Ron are shocked that Hermione refers to ''A History of Magic'' as "light reading".
--->''[Hermione drops the book on a table with a thud]''\\
'''Ron:''' ''This''... is ''light''?
** Rita Skeeter's "The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore" is 900 pages long.
* Grady Tripp's long-delayed novel (3000+ pages and nowhere near finished) in ''Literature/WonderBoys''.
* The Handbook of Robotics, as described in Creator/IsaacAsimov's [[Literature/TheCavesOfSteel Elijah Bailey]] novels, has undergone so many revisions, additions, and emendations in the several millenia it's been in print, that a hard-copy of it would be impossible for an ordinary person to carry unassisted. Fortunately, in the 47th century, most books [[MagicFloppyDisk are printed]] [[{{Zeerust}} on microfilm]].
* ''Literature/ThePaleKing'''s mandatory reading materials for the IRS employment applicants certainly do qualify.
* The ''Literature/MythOMania'' series kicks off after Hades receives ''The Big Fat Book of Greek Myths'' from The Big Fat Book of the Month Club. As he reads it, he discovers that Zeus rewrote all the stories to glorify himself and his spawn, motivating him to create some novels explaining how the tales ''really'' went.
* Deke [=McClelland's=] ''Photoshop 3 Bible'' doesn't quite reach this status (having about 800-900 pages depending on edition), but in its foreword, the reader is warned that the book shouldn't be put into the baggage compartment on an airplane in order to avoid damage to some other luggage, and that it shouldn't be used in self-defense unless the opponent has an equally hefty weapon.
* ''Literature/ParisInTheTwentiethCentury'' has a ''three meter tall'' ledger used by the accounting department (the rise of the personal computer was not one of the aspects of modern life Creator/JulesVerne predicted).
* In ''Literature/{{Anathem}}'' the punishment device simply known as "The Book", an extremely lengthy... well, book, containing mostly mathematic proofs. Avout who violate the rules can be sentenced to study and memorize several chapters. Its length is not the only horrible thing about it, it's written in a way that the internal logic of the chapters is subtly ''wrong''. The first chapter consists of nursery rhymes that don't ''quite'' rhyme. The second chapter is several hundred digits of pi. It only goes downhill from there.
* In ''Literature/TheFaultInOurStars'', ''An Imperial Affliction'' is stated to be over six hundred pages long.
* ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle'' -- itself a doorstopper -- has a character use the ''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}'' to hold a door open.
* Ann M. Martin, in her first published book ''Bummer Summer'', mentions the protagonist's father reading an unidentified book that was one of these, because it "must have weighed thirty-five pounds". Said protagonist later mentions she's learned some important things from him, one of which is "Never read anything you can't lift".
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* The unpublished ''Creator/StephenColbert's [[ColonCancer Alpha Squad 7: Lady Nocturne: A Tek Jansen Adventure]]'' is an extremely hefty paperback in the style of men's adventure pulp novels. Thankfully, the book exists only within the warped reality of ''Series/TheColbertReport''.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The ''Lineages and Histories of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms, With Descriptions of Many High Lords and Noble Ladies and Their Children'' is just as much a door stopper as the name implies. Even the notoriously long-winded Grand Maester Pycelle calls it ponderous.
** The ''Book of Brothers'' contains the service record of every Kingsguard to serve since its inception three hundred years ago.
** Tyrion's wedding gift to Joffrey is ''Lives of Four Kings'', a history of four Targaryen kings the size of a phone book.
* Parodied in ''Series/ManToManWithDeanLearner'', where horror author Garth Marenghi advertises a compilation novel, '[[Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace Garth Marenghi's]] The Oeuvre'', of all 436 of his books, in a reinforced spine made from genuine cat bone. It looks less like one giant book and more like a tower of books fused together. It's actually so large it comes with poles to hold it while you read, and even comes with brackets to mount it on the wall for storage.
* One episode of ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'' revolves around the station's (ultimately destroyed) commercial for a chain of funeral homes. The owner of the chain comes in for a meeting and hands Andy a copy of what he calls a "brochure". It's hardbound, and the size of a large photo album.
-->'''Andy Travis:''' Heavy.\\
'''Mr. Ferryman:''' In my business, people ''want'' heavy.
* On the ''Series/{{Castle}}'' episode, "The Fifth Bullet," it's noted that a character was saved from a bullet because he was holding a copy of ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment.''
-->'''Keving Ryan:''' Good thing he reads Russian literature. If the guy was a Creator/NicholasSparks fan, he'd be dead.
* A running joke in the detention segments of ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'', was students being asked to copy huge segments of a large dictionary -- a prop which was obviously several dictionaries glued together.
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* In "Let X = X," Music/LaurieAnderson has this:
-->You know, I could write a book.\\
And this book\\
Would be thick enough\\
To stun an ox.
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* Parodied in a Magazine/{{MAD}} back cover; "The Super Thick Book Of The Month Club", which features books that really serve only one function; to impress people.
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* An artifact in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', the Codex of the Infinite Planes, a giant book containing detailed knowledge about the other dimensions in the cosmology, the reading of which can drive people mad. It requires the strength of two men to lift. The book is ''literally'' infinite in length. (Well, one can only assume that's true. Certainly, anyone who has ''tried'' to read it long enough to find the last page has been struck dead, gone mad, or [[FateWorseThanDeath worse]] by its evil power before succeeding.)
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
** The "Tactica Imperium", which contains various amounts of tidbits, from [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin battlefield tactics]] to command structures of various organizations to how you should request higher levels of ordinance to the exact listings of every single one of your superiors, in order, up to the the High Lords of Terra. The reason the information varies so much is because any given sub-sector, if not PLANET, has its own version which is constantly being updated and modified: any given complete collection would outstrip the Library of Congress, a "portable" version would make the Encyclopedia Britannica seem like a pamphlet, and the "bare minimum" that would ever be found in a command tent could double as protection from a [[{{BFG}} boltgun]].
** The ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' introduces us to the ''Book of Magnus'' and the ''Book of Lorgar''. While the individual "books" of Magnus's opus are described as HUGE, we're never told how many volumes there are. ''The Book of Lorgar'', on the other hand, is described as being hundreds of volumes long, and he plans on giving copies to each of his traitor brothers. One wonders when they would find the time to '''''read''''' them.
** Roboute Guilliman's ''[[BigBookOfWar Codex Astartes]]'', which he wrote in an attempt to predict ''every'' possible battlefield situation and how Space Marines should act in such situations, and also covers such subjects as unit markings and launching planetary invasions. Certain chapters consider the Codex to be holy scripture and have their initiates memorize sections of it, impressive considering that some sections are hundreds of pages long.
* TabletopGame/TwilightSparklesSecretShipficFolder is not in and of itself a doorstopper. However, the flavor text will reference various in-universe works of Twilight, and one of the most commonly referenced is Of Ponies And Peril which has at least 128 chapters and required a flow chart at one point.
* The "Very Holy Book" in ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'' comes with a cart to move it around in, and is almost as tall as the priest carting it around. Given the nature of the game, it is probably used to whack monsters over the head with.
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* It could be assumed that higher-level magic tomes (particularly Dark[=/=][[InsistentTerminology Elder]] magic ones) in the ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' games could be an ingame example, since the weight of an equipped weapon (be it sword, axe, lance, bow or tome) may impact on the wielder's speed stat, which affects factors such as their dodge rate and whether or not they can attack twice (all depending on the character's constitution, or physical size). For instance, Canas, your only allied dark magic wielder in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem 7]]'', has a base constitution stat of 8, and the strongest tome he can equip ([[GratuitousGerman Gespenst]]) has a weight stat of 20, meaning that, if equipped, his speed stat will be reduced by '''12''' in battle, which is nearly '''''half''''' of his theoretical maximum speed. To put it this way, the {{BFS}} Durandal has a weight of 16 and the [[AnAxeToGrind massive axe]] Armads has 18. Gespent ''beats them both''. In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'', there's another tome, Gleipnir, just as heavy as Gespenst. The wielder would probably deal more damage throwing it at the enemies!
* Lezard Valeth from ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile'' refers to the PhilosophersStone as "a ten billion page codex". That is a pretty massive book.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', take a look at Bethany's sleeping area (if you are Warrior!Hawke or Rogue!Hawke, not sure about Mage!Hawke). There's a book that you can examine for a codex update. The book is enormous - it's not a coffee table book, it IS the coffee table.
* In the game ''VideoGame/Floor13'', when you assassinate an Albanian troublemaker, his thousand page book wouldn't be published, saving a few trees and improving the popularity of the Prime Minister.
* Played with in ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda''. During one side task Ryder gets a full copy of Angaran law, which is well over 5000 pages, but it's provided in the form of an ordinary datapad.
* Future Histoire of ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaVictory'' mentions that a plot-relevant function is located on page 141,006 of her user's manual. It's assumed that there are many, many more pages, considering it took her three days using her index to find the information in the first place.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'', there exists a book that, if [[HelloInsertNameHere Hero]] should pick it up, rather than giving an excerpt of its content reads "This book is so weighty Hero's arms begin to tire from holding it."
* In ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'' Sir Hammerlock can be heard advertising his Almanac, which will either teach you how to stop a Stalker (by informing you of their vulnerable mouths) or let you stop a Stalker ''[[ThrowTheBookAtThem by throwing the literal book at it]]''. Apparently Hammerlock ensured that there are enough pages to knock one out stone cold on contact!
* In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioColorSplash'', you can find a really thick book titled "The Internet (Print Edition)" on the shelves at Dark Bloo Inn.
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* Parodied in ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' with the rulebook for ''[[GrapplingWithGrapplingRules grappling]]'' being (apparently) so large they actually comment on the size.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', in addition to making a hefty book by itself, contains several in-universe and ''in-in-universe'' examples as well:
** John's unabridged copy of "Colonel Sassacre's Daunting Text of Magical Frivolty and Practical Japery" is described as being big enough to kill a cat if dropped on it. His Nanna died in an incident involving an unabridged version of said book, a ladder, [[spoiler:and a meteor.]] The book also ''kills'' a [[{{Mook}} Shale Imp]] when it's accidentally dropped at one point. [[spoiler: And it does eventually end up falling on and killing Jaspers while he is in the Alpha universe.]]
** Another Doorstopper is seen later, this time a guide for the "~ATH" programming language.
** More doorstoppers appear in a ShowWithinAShow ''[[UpToEleven Within A Show]]'' "[[PurpleProse Complacency of the Learned]]". "[[ShowWithinAShow Complacency]]" ''itself'' is a doorstopper series, and a stack of six books is half the height of Roxy's sprite, or roughly half a meter. While in those books, Frigglish is cursed to write out his knowledge by Calmasis, which becomes quite incomprehensible, and Calmasis ends up killing Frigglish with his own books. For added bit of irony, [[spoiler:Jaspers, who ended up being killed by Colonel Sassacre's book]], was renamed Frigglish by Roxy.
* ''Webcomic/CrossoverWars'': Scale's armor has a [[http://cameocomic.comicgenesis.com/d/20070627.html rather heavy manual.]]
* Mentioned in a ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'' comic where Artax uses a Robert Jordan novel as a bludgeon.
* Webcomic/{{Goblins}} had a [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/03032011/ cutaway gag strip]] to an AlternateUniverse [[ShoutOut known as]] the [[Literature/TheNameOfTheWind Rothfuss reality]].
-->'''Alternate-Universe-Complains-of-Names:''' Wait, this isn't a brick, it's a book.\\
'''Alternate-Universe-Fumbles:''' "Sequel to ''The Name of The Wind''". Hey Dies, isn't that the book you're... um... [[ImprovisedArmour wearing]]?
* Mentioned in ''Webcomic/AGameOfRoleplay'' where it is remarked that the backstory for ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is larger than a cat.
** Which makes sense considering the books combined length.
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* Website/{{Neopets}} often has very large books that fit this trope, often with a spine that is comically taller than the cover's height, for example [[http://items.jellyneo.net/index.php?go=item&showitem=33555 this]] Big Book of Verb Conjugation.
* ''WebVideo/CarmillaTheSeries'': The student handbook at Silas University is 700 pages long. Which Laura did not read. She used it as a doorstop.
* ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'': The Book of Judgement is already ridiculously huge, and grows at an even more ridiculous rate every day until the Emperor outright outlaws the drafting of new laws to put a hasty end to it. [[spoiler:Rogal Dorn's]] severely outdated copy already has a spine bigger than ''he'' is, and he occasionally uses it as a support beam for his various forts. This carries some unnerving implications, considering the parchment in that one is human skin.
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* Parodied in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' in which an "''[[Literature/HarryPotter Angelica Button]]''" book leaves an indent in asphalt when thrown out a car window.
** Another time Bart throws the [[WesternAnimation/TheItchyAndScratchyShow Itchy & Scratchy]]: TheMovie: [[{{Novelization}} The Book]] in a full trash can. The book promptly crushes all the trash beneath it until it's lying almost at the bottom.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In "The Crystal Empire", Twilight has a copy of "The Magical Compendium, Volumes 1-36", it's as big as a door, and true to the bit in the intro about "being able to crush small children", her young dragon assistant, Spike, is indeed crushed underneath it when he attempts to catch it.
** In "Testing, Testing, 1 2 3", Twilight Sparkle presents Rainbow Dash with a huge book while helping her study for the written portion of the entrance exam to the Wonderbolt Reserves.
-->'''Twilight Sparkle:''' This is the most complete...\\
'''Rainbow Dash:''' And ''ginormous!''\\
'''Twilight Sparkle:''' ...book on the history of the Wonderbolts.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "Calling Dr. Smurf", Brainy gave Smurfette an autographed copy of ''Quotations of Brainy Smurf 20th Edition'', which was a pretty heavy book for Smurfette to carry.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Grandma's Kisses" had a scene where Spongebob's grandmother read Patrick a small children's book. In contrast, she gives Spongebob a book that's almost as tall as he is.
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