Novellas Are Flipping Amazing | Thursday Ramblings

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! 

What do you think about novellas?

Why do you read them?


28 thoughts on “Novellas Are Flipping Amazing | Thursday Ramblings

  1. I have a love and hate relationship with novellas lol I think it’s because I expect them to be as well written as full blown novels (which they never really are because they’re just novellas). I like how they add extra characterization and a different insight to the characters. My favorite novellas are the Assassin’s Blade — even though that last one killed me. I also loved The Prince novella by Kiera Cass and if you haven’t read it, you totally should! It’s written in Maxon’s point of view (lol the prince) and takes place right before the Selection and you see his reaction when he first sees America’s picture and ugh my heart haha.

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  2. I’ve only read a few novellas, but the ones I have read were really great. They are a nice break sometimes, and perfect for readathons when you want to get some extra books read.

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  3. I always read the novellas in a series. I feel like if the author took the time to write it and publish it, there is a reason why I should read it. Maybe more background on a character or a scene we couldn’t see in the series that changed the plot. Whatever reason it is, I want to find it and read the novella to try and figure it out. Sometimes they don’t really make an impact but there are others that just blow your perceptions of a series away. Love the topic!

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    • Exactly! That pretty much sums up my thoughts on novellas. They’ve been published for a reason! And I’m also a big fan of knowing little, minute details and other things that may not focus around the main plot of a novel which makes novellas perfect for me!
      Thank you for your lovely comment and for engaging with my discussion!
      xoxo 😊💋

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  4. I’m SO glad to see you back with this discussion post, those are my favorites! 🙂
    I don’t usually read novellas, actually I don’t think I’ve read…any? I can’t remember. Maybe it’s because I don’t own an ebook, and novellas often are only available like this. However, I think it’s really interesting to write some of those from a different perspective, it can help you understand and fall in love with other characters of a story, such as Warner, as you just said! 😀 I would love to read more novellas to experience that, too. I have to say, though, that I’m a little bit annoyed when there are too many novellas being done for a book. I feel like it’s a trend nowadays, as if the main story isn’t enough. And sometimes, for some readers, it is enough. But well, that’s why we get to choose to read those novellas, or not! 🙂 I’m losing track of what I’m saying probably, haha, but this was a great post! 😀

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    • Aw really?! I’ll definitely be doing more! 🙂
      I hope you read more novellas soon! They’re wonderful for all the reasons you just said and more. It’s definitely become a trend lately and sometimes can be a little over-done and unnecessary as a way for publishers to sell more. But from what I’ve read so far, they are amazing!

      Don’t worry, when I talk and discuss, I tend to lose track of where I go too! I’m glad you enjoyed it! xoxo


  5. I love novellas and I love that they give you insight into other characters and other parts of the book. Especially with books characters that are “bad”, it’s nice to read about why they turned into the person that they are now.

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  6. I have mixed feeling about novellas. In some cases (like the Shatter Me series) they really enhance the story, but then there are others that are basically just a retelling of what I already know from a different POV … mostly that’s not so much fun, especially if it doesn’t give you any new insight whatsoever. So, I guess it always depends.

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    • You should definitely read the Assassin’s Blade novellas (that is, if you have read Throne of Glass). It’s another great example of novellas that enhance the main story!!!
      Yeah, sometimes novellas can be pointless which is very disappointing. But even if they don’t add to the main story, I like exploring other character’s small adventures and such.


  7. I’m a little bit in love with novellas too! And Destroy Me was one of my favorite things about the Shatter Me trilogy… the only thing better was Ignite Me, but you have to read it to fully understand why :P. I wished she had written more of them, maybe one for Kenji, that would be amazing.

    I’ve read all the novellas from the Magnus Bane Chronicles, and while some were not as great as they could have been, others delivered in spades and right into the feels.

    I’m also loving The Assassin’s blade, though I’m still in the desert (but I could kill Arobynn already).

    They are pretty useful and entertaining, if done well, they can totally shift the way one sees things within a book

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    • Yes yes! I’m so glad you feel the same way. Yeah, I need to read the rest of the series soon. Very soon!
      I’ve been very curious about reading the Magnus Bane Chronicles…
      Oh gosh, you’ll want to simply murder him when you finish the book. Whenever I think about him now, my fingers tremble with rage! I want Celaena to kill him. IMMEDIATELY.

      And yes, thank you for your comment, I’m glad you think the same! 😄
      xoxo 💋


      • you’ll read it when you can (but warning, you are gonna LOVE Warner)

        The best bits about the Bane Chronicles are the Malec stories, their first date is hilarious. Others offer some back story to other warlocks or Camille, which is also nice.

        I already want to kill him, when she’s remembering the beating… GOD, how could he?! :S

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  8. I don’t usually read novellas, but I really should start adding them and anthologies to my to do list as they seem like a worthy time investment. I need to finish up the Assassin’s Blade novellas, but I am so scared of the ending. SAMMMM *cries* I really love reading short stories, though – I feel it takes a whole different level of skillset to elicit emotions and connection over a smaller word count.

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    • Yes you should definitely read more novellas! From what I’ve read so far, they’re great time investments indeed. 😊
      And as for The Assassins Blade, your heart is going to be ripped apart, it’s inevitable. 😢 *sending love in advance*
      Ah yes, short stories. It really is such a great skill to be able to write them in such a way that they are equally compelling and emotional as full length novels!
      Thank you for your lovely comment! ❤


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