I don't want to write a novel for a hub but I also don't want it being labeled substandard.
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Yes, I agree that shooting for at least 500 words is ideal. You can split long hubs if you want and if the topic is separable. But I do not think there is harm in having really long hubs. Google loves pages with a lot of text.
Readers on the internet have a short attention span so you have to be careful with long hubs. Google may like them but readers may jump to something shorter. Break them up with lots of headers and some pictures to avoid TLDR (too long, didn't read).