Random note: I'm sorry I didn't write a discussion post last week! I honestly can't even remember why I didn't. I must have either been really busy or just not in the mood. But today I am in the mood, and I'm going to talk about something that isn't very controversial - just a topic to discuss.
Before I get into this, I'd just like to say these are my opinions. I am in no way saying that you should have these opinions or that mine are correct. This is simply a post open to discussion, and you're free to share your opinions as well. :) I love hearing them!
Sooo anyway, today I wanted to talk about novellas. It might seem like there's not much to talk about, but I don't know, I find them interesting.
The way I see it, novellas aren't written because the author wants to write them. They seem to only be released when there's a series that publishers are either trying to a) market or b) get more money out of. Novellas can be good when you're reading an excellent series and the next book isn't going to come out for another year or so, but you still want to read more of what's going on in that world. That goes along with point b - it gives readers the chance to read more about the same characters and publishers the chance to milk the series for all it's worth.
But I also think novellas are used to market books that aren't quite as popular. Like "Hey, these books are good, and there are even novellas so if you like it you can read more." Or they can even be used just to get the word out.
I think the latter is more popular, especially with trilogies. Shatter Me, The Selection, etc. Readers and publishers both want more of the story for different reasons, and in the end everyone wins.
I also believe that novellas can either turn out really good or really bad. It's an art, writing something so short and yet so meaningful. To be honest, I haven't read all that many novellas. I find that they usually turn out more mediocre than anything. It's rare that I read an actual good one.
Overall, I think they're a nice idea when there's a really popular series that readers want more of, but other than that I don't find them all that interesting. Not bad, just unnecessary.
What about you? Do you like novellas? Have you read any good ones lately?