When you hear a novella being announced for your favourite series, are you excited to pick it up? Or is it something that you generally give a miss?
I’m usually in the latter crowd, because I feel that novellas don’t offer us enough content or development to really make a difference to the storyline. Look at This Night So Dark for example, a novella that came out for a series that I absolutely adore. On one hand, it was free and it gave us more to the story. But on the other hand, it was such a quick read I didn’t feel anything about it because of its short length. Upon finishing it, I was like…so what? Same with The Queen’s Army by Marissa Meyer, Wolf’s novella in the Lunar Chronicles series, which I also love. While it fleshed out the character in his past, I still felt apathetic towards it, feeling like I could actually do without these.
While I’m not normally one to enjoy a novella, there are some rare circumstances if its meaty and substantial in terms of content. Stand outs in this case include Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover which actually gave us a whole new love story, and Ricochet by Krista and Becca Ritchie, which was a full length novella bridging the gap between two books.
What about purchasing novellas? I’m not normally one to fork out for them, because sometimes I think they’re just a quick and easy sales tool, without offering much in terms of content. Like that time I bought The Transfer by Veronica Roth because I wanted to know more from Four’s point of view, and still found it to be lack luster and ill developed. That being said, I was satisfied with Four: A Divergent Story Collection combining 4 novellas, because there was a bit of meat to it.
I guess it just comes down to whether I find them to offer value for money, increased character and story development, and of a decent length.
What are your thoughts on novellas?