Today I want to talk about novellas, those shortish stories authors love adding to series. People seem to either love or hate them, so I thought it'd be interesting to talk about them.
Personally, I usually enjoy novellas. I (usually) like what they add to the story, and I'm always up to read more of a favorite series.
I've found that there's three categories novellas tend to fall into, regardless of how good the story itself was. Have you noticed this pattern?
1. Wow, that blew my mind and truly improved my reading
This is for those gorgeously rare novellas that really, truly add something to a beloved storyline. Whether it's an integral backstory that puts a character in a new light, a glimpse into the future, or an offshoot event that opens your eyes, these stories are incredible and vital. I've only read one so far!
|I viewed the rest of this trilogy in a completely new way after reading this.|
2. Enjoyable, but optional
These stories are enjoyable on their own, and add icing on the cake to the series. However, it's entirely possible to read the full length novels and not miss much at all.
|I really loved getting a peek inside Reyes' head!|
|5 star read, and well deserved for the couple. Not necessary to read, though!|
3. Not worth reading
These don't add anything to the series, and you're better off rereading a full length story.
|I adore both these authors and series, but I didn't really feel anything for these two stories.|
What do you think of novellas?