Novellas Are Flipping AMAZING!
Greetings bookworms! It’s Thursday and it’s been a while since I’ve done a Discussion Thursday post! If you didn’t know already, I have changed the name of this feature of mine to Thursday Ramblings, because, well… here is where I will be doing a LOT of rambling about anything and everything!
Thursday Ramblings is a casual feature/meme here on Josie’s Book Corner where I pick a topic and discuss it with you. This is a casual post, filled with rambling and chatting! So basically, we are simply having a conversation about the topic at hand!
That is the gist of this feature! It may be weekly or it may not be! It’s casual but it’s meant to evoke discussion!
Grab your favourite beverage – whether it be a nice hot cup of tea, a cup of frothy coffee or simply a glass of juice – and a nice little snack – or two! – to nibble on and then we’ll get started. Go on! I’ll wait!
Alright, now that you’re all settled in and comfy, it’s time to start this week’s topic of discussion, which is a topic that has been playing around in my mind ever since I read Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi and that is the idea of novellas! It’s plain to see from the title of this post that I love them. I simply adore them. However, I have only read two novellas in my lifetime – however, I suppose you can count The Assassin’s Blade as five novellas…
Novellas are a pretty neat idea, if you ask me. Not only are they quick and easy reads, they are simply wonderful for the reader to get a deeper glimpse into the world of a certain novel/series or to delve into the minds of other characters that may not have otherwise been developed in the official novels.
After reading the novel Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, I couldn’t understand why people loved the character Warner so much. I thought he was a crazy psycho who had an unhealthy obsession for a girl he had never met. And so, while waiting for the second book to come in the mail to me, I picked up the novella set in Warner’s point of view called Destroy Me. And dang, did it deliver! After reading and completing this novella, my perspective of Warner completely shifted. No longer do I see him as an obsessive crazy psycho. Now, I understand him a little bit more, and being the weakling that I am, my heart slowly began to melt for him.
After brewing over Destroy Me I began to think about the wonders of novellas. I’ve come to the point where I really do love novellas. Recently I finished reading The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas, a bind up of five different novellas following Celaena’s life before the Throne of Glass series. I absolutely fell in love with them. Who knew novellas could evoke almost more emotion from me than the actual series? But here’s the thing: novellas are no more or no less greater than an actual novel. Just like a short story is equally as great as a full length novel.
Novellas have awesome capabilities. They allow you to explore deeper into a certain world that you might have not gotten enough of in the novel, or may develop a certain minor character you have been dying to know more about. I wish more authors would write novellas for their novels because there’s so much you can do with them. Who cares if they are not the most amazingly written thing ever? You’ve written an amazing novel, now use your novellas as ways for your readers and fans to explore more of the characters and more of the world you have created!