Tell Me Something Tuesday: The Novella Trend

Posted April 8, 2013 | 13 Comments

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This Weeks Question: Novellas…how do you feel about the current trend of novellas? What do you like about them? What don’t you like?

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Hmm.. I’m not sure what to think about it. Sometimes I think it’s annoying that there seems to be so many popping up, but then I’ll read a really good one that will change my mind. 16178233Honestly, I rarely feel the need to read them. But then if I don’t, I wonder if I’ll miss out on something.

I do like novellas that actually have a whole story to it, though. One I read recently is Pretty When They Collide by Rhiannon Frater. I love the Pretty When She Dies series, so I wanted to read the prequel novella. This is one of the best ones I’ve read. It’s not just because of what the story was about, but the fact that it was an actually story with some depth. It read like a compacted full length novel, and it made it worth my time.

15726305Another one I read that I felt truly added something to the overall series is Neverfall by Brodi Ashton. This is one of the rare novellas that I was very glad I read before the next book in the series. I think it does a great job setting up a character in Everbound, and I know for a fact that I wouldn’t of had the same understanding of him if I hadn’t read the novella first. This one is a good example of a novella actually adding to the story.

There are a couple more I can’t think of right now, but those two show the type of novellas I like. I hate when I read a novella that doesn’t add anything to the overall series.

Now, when it comes to novellas that aren’t part of a series nor an add-on, I expect the same thing. Just because it’s shorter, doesn’t mean it has to lack on being thorough. Unfortunately, many authors do this. Instead of tightening the story up, they leave it loose with the thinking that things can’t be covered or answered just because it’s a novella. Not true. It’s definitely a balancing acting though.

So, I guess I’m in the grey area of the whole novella outbreak.

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13 responses to “Tell Me Something Tuesday: The Novella Trend

  1. I sort of agree about the whole novella thing. If it’s a whole story, I like it. Sometimes when I read a ‘novel’ I feel like there is so much filler that it could have been said quicker.

    I just finished “Dead on Arrival” by Crystal Lynn Hilbert. It was very concise, to the point and in the end a very satisfying read. Had she tried to make it longer, it might have felt artificially longer and not as good at the end.
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  2. I fell the same way, they are great as long as they add something to the storyline. I do like prequels because they can give you that feel for the author’s writing or the first book that nothing else can. Usually I can tell by a novella is I will even like the series and should even bother with it (not always but usually).
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  3. Sam

    I don’t read many novellas unless they are a part of a series I enjoy, and even then, I choose not to read several. Like Destroy Me and Neverfall… But I agree that many are great additions to a series. You also make a good point about a novella not being an answer to loose ends. I think far too many authors are relying on novellas when fans haven’t been too satisfied with the ending of a series.
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  4. I have to admit, I have never read a novella yet. I have one for Mila 2.0 I think, it’s a prequel but its small so I assume it’s a novella. I like when they add to the story, but I am not sure of why they are necessary? I mean… Harry Potter didn’t have one right? 🙂
    What I don’t like is if I have to read one first in order not to feel lost and dumb by reading the first book and feeling confused like I have missed something.
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  5. There are definitely some authors that can write novellas and some that can’t. I gave a more general answer at Heidi’s, but one of my other nitpicky things is that I don’t like buying them from new authors. I want to know they can deliver a good full-length story before I spend money to see if they can put together a tight, short story. When it comes to books like Pretty When She Collides, you just know it was going to be good anyway since it’s Rhiannon Frater and bonus, it’s a complete story. You’d probably read a Cornerstone novella too, right?

    I like novellas and give them a bit of latitude when it comes to how much I expect, but I definitely have standards. 🙂 Sort of like dating. lol
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  6. I’m in the grey area too…it bothers me that everyone is doing it now but if it’s one that adds to the experience then I don’t mind. I don’t mind the tiny prequels that come out before the release of the first book, because they are basically little teaser chapters. But I find that a lot of them don’t really add much to the story in general, it just ups the hype of the release. I expect the writing to be the same quality expected for a full length and I tend to find that quite a few are rushed. I like anthologies though.
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  7. I’m not the biggest fan of them, but I’m not sure why. Some of them I’ve read ARE really important to the series, like Destroy Me told me a lot and kind of changed things big time. I usually try to read them when they are for series I love, but I do forget a lot of the time.
    Now I loved EJ Wesley’s serial novella series. He has a complete little story in each one and while there’s some continuation in some parts of the story, for the most part it’s a complete story in a much shorter book. I love it!
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  8. I love them and hate them…i’d prefer longer books in the series or trilogy. For example while I loved, loved Destroy Me it should have been in the books. However sometimes an author wants or has a story about a secondary character link Jenks in the Hollows..at any right i buy the dang things!
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    • Christy

      I forgot the novellas for the Rachel Morgen series. Yes, those are excellent examples too. But I didn’t like how previously they were always in an anthology with other ones I didn’t want to read. At the same time, I understand why they had to do that pre-eReaders.

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