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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?
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. Honestly, 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.
Another 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.