What Do You Think Of Novellas?
I realized something a few days ago: I don’t read novellas. I almost never pick them up. I’m talking about the novellas or novella bind-ups that are set in the same world and/or with the same characters as a series written by that author.
I started to think, Is this weird? Am I the only one who does this? So I wanted to write a blog post about it.
Think of Stars Above, from the Lunar Chronicles.
The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite series EVER. I adore those books and those characters, and have had Stars Above (the collection of novellas) for forever. Yet I still haven’t picked it up. Before its release date, I was dying for it, but now? Now I have no motivation to read it at all. Which is sad, because I WANT to find out more about these characters. I just can’t bring myself to pick it up.
Why I SHOULD love novellas:
They might be part of my favorite series.
Normally, I’m begging for more stories in my favorite world, and that’s what novellas are.
I can quickly and easily read novellas, and then add to my Goodreads challenge. Yay!
They add more to characters or stories that I previously loved reading about.
Novellas can add a lot of background information that I might not have known otherwise.
But why? Why do I avoid novellas, even those that are part of my favorite books? I’ve only thought of one reason!
Sometimes, a novella doesn’t add anything to the story.
It can be a complete waste of time! I haven’t read the Red Queen novellas, but I’ve heard people saying that one of them was unnecessary, and I’ve experienced that with other novellas before. Sure, sometimes it can enrich the story, but in my experience, it hasn’t.
Other than that, I have NO CLUE why I don’t read novellas.
The Assassin’s Blade is a collection of Throne of Glass novellas, and is one of the only ones I’ve enjoyed. Even though I liked it, I didn’t LOVE it as much as I loved all the other Throne of Glass books. I’ve seen people who absolutely adored and cried over those novellas, and I just… didn’t.
Through the Dark, the collection of The Darkest Minds novellas? Nope. Still haven’t picked it up. I love The Darkest Minds trilogy with all my heart, yet I still haven’t read it.
The Shadowhunter novellas that exist in kindle form? I bet you can guess: I haven’t read them. I’ve heard great things and want to read them, but I just… don’t. Because they’re novellas.
The Grisha trilogy has a novella or two, I believe, and I love that trilogy. But I haven’t read the novella.
There’s a pattern here!
Whatever the reason, I’m sadly not a fan of novellas.
What about you? What do you think of novellas? Do you find yourself avoiding them, or do you love them? What are your favorite novellas?
Thanks for reading!