Today’s Topic is Novellas
Let’s get chatting…
I chose this topic because I have recently fallen in love with reading novellas or shorter books and have encountered some disinterest for them in the book community so I thought it would be a great topic for a let’s get chatting!
If you haven’t seen one of these kinds of posts from me before (I have done 6 of them) it’s where I pick a topic that is weighing on my thoughts and I chat about my opinions on it – you guys then respond with your thoughts and opinions below – very simple! As always, keep it kind but I know you will because you guys are amazing. Anyway, let’s get chatting…
Is it just me or have you guys seen distaste for novellas in the reading community – not just book bloggers but readers in general – cause I have! I love them, you can have all the great things of a big novel but because it is condensed it is far more fast paced and action packed. I think the writing is better in some cases because they have less to edit and less to focus on rather than hundreds of thousands of words. It’s great to fit in around my studies to pick me up unlike a big book that I start and then don’t have the time to finish which just always leaves me feeling down.
I personally think that a lot of the dislike for novellas and short stories in general comes from a size thing – that book can’t be good if it’s only 50 pages. Uh, sorry! Hell yes it can! Size doesn’t matter 😉
I have read a lot of books that are average in length that suck – I have also read a lot of short stories that suck and I can say I am always less mad when a short book sucks because at least that way I haven’t wasted days on something I didn’t enjoy.
And I have read some shorter books that I adored, just like I’ve read average length books are amazing – the quality of the content is definitely not decided by the quantity.
I’ve heard the argument that you don’t get the same level of immersion or depth when it is short but I personally do find that. I am not a fan of fantasy novels that spend 100 pages telling me about the government of the made up place – you know? Maybe if that was a genre I read I would feel differently about Novellas but because I mainly read romance novels you don’t tend to require world building; all the words can go on plot and characterisation which are far more important things for me as a reader.
Do you guys feel similarly? If not, what are your gripes with Novellas?
I have missed doing more discussion based posts so please show this some love if you like the fact that it is back too! ❤
I hope you enjoyed, and I will see you soon for Review Sunday!