Novellas and novelettes. Short novels. (Because, yes, “a short novel” is what “novella” literally means.) My life needs more of those short and sweet reads. Even short ones that aren’t sweet, you know?
Oh, I realize that some readers give novellas as wide a berth as possible, saying novellas are too short to be any good. Hey. To each their own, seriously. 🙂
As for my view, the difference between a novella and a novel is like the difference between a cupcake and a tiered cake.
Oftentimes when I’m in the mood for cake, I don’t need big stacks of it to get the job done. Give me a rich chocolate or red velvet cupcake with buttercream or cream cheese filling and tasty sprinkles sprinkled atop the creamy, swirled frosting, and I’ll be quite satisfied.
The physical size of the cake doesn’t determine its quality or flavor. The skill of the baker who’s using the ingredients determines that.
Heh heh heh, if you’ve tried novella cupcakes that somehow didn’t have as complete a flavor as novel tiered cakes, then it means the novellas weren’t the authors’ best works, or the authors weren’t the best storytellers in general, or maybe those particular authors or stories just weren’t for you, or the authors might not have had a knack for writing novellas specifically.
Not all novelists, even good ones, are good novella writers. That doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with cupcakes—um…with novellas themselves as a form of literature.
Don’t get me wrong: I like long books too. Especially novels that are so well-paced and engrossing that I never once feel like they’re wasting my time with needless or weak content that only makes the stories longer, not better. 😀
Of course, what makes for a good read is a matter of subjectivity. If you personally just don’t feel satisfied unless a story takes a longer time to read, that’s fair. Still, books that can take me on a full, well-developed journey with an economy of length and language…
Yeah. I dig those shorter books. Even the more so nowadays, when my reading time is limited but I still want good stories.
To share some novellas and novelettes I’ve really enjoyed:
Gee, I’d need a separate blog post to include more books. I like writing novellas myself, by the way. Sometimes folks who read my shorter books say stuff like, “Wow, she sure packed a lot in there for a novella!” and “This novella has everything a novel has!”
Well. It could be because I believe cupcakes should have the full flavor of, you know—cake. 😉