Books for Thought is where I post a discussion topic related to books, reading, writing, or something pertaining to one of the three. I hope you’ll join in, and discuss today’s topic of
novellas (in series)
I read a lot of series. The number currently sits at 77 – go me (but I’ve also finished 53, so gimme some credit here). And there are a number of series that have these things called novellas (although some of them can be short stories, as well, but we’ll just go with novellas for lazy typing’s sake here).
When it comes to novellas in series there are three scenarios for me:
1) The series is one I LOVE so I DEVOUR anything and EVERYTHING related to it. Example: the Ignite series by Erica Crouch. Gimme ALL the things.
2) The series is one that I like enough to finish (or intend to finish
if I ever get around to it one day), but my desire to read the novellas is close to none. Example: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I like it enough, but not to read all those novellas.
3) I don’t even know that there are novellas to read in the series. Example: Darkest Powers by Kelley Armstrong. When I started that series I had NO IDEA there were, like, seven novellas.
But when it comes to reading these novellas, there are generally two scenarios for me:
1) What the hell did I just spend money on? What the hell did I just spend time on? What was this even for? Example: The Recovery novella in The Program series by Suzanne Young. Totally useless.
2) Aw yisss. I loved this. 100% worth the time and money because reasons (like FAVE characters or MORE in a fave series etc.). Example: Destroy Me in the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. That novella completely changed the way I saw Warner, and that series in general.
Sadly, most of the novellas I’ve read fall into the first category. I never really feel like I get a lot from them. (And yet I still keep buying them – I obviously do not learn.) There are, of course, the standouts. The novellas that I thoroughly enjoy, that I feel really do add to the series. (But I also don’t think that novellas should be necessary to understand a series. That’s super dodge. Totally not looking at The Assassin’s Blade. At all.)
To be honest, my general feeling on novellas is that they aren’t really that necessary. I think they are exciting when you love a series and get to see more of the characters before/during/after the series. But when they fall into the ‘useless’ category, I feel somewhat annoyed at the fact that I spend time and money on it. Which is why the free ones are super.
What about you? How do you feel about series novellas? Good/bad? Have you read any awesome ones?