Hi guys, welcome to Book Munchies’ Musing about Things: A Discussion (Post). Inspired by memes such as Should Be Reading‘s Musing Monday & Caffeinated Book Reviewer‘s Caffeinated Confessions (etc.), this is a Book Munchies discussion post, where I’ll be rambling about (mostly) book-related things and hopefully you guys will join in on the fun too (:
Breathing in deeply, you close the last page of the first book in the trilogy. Now you’re sitting back, twiddling your thumbs, and waiting for the next book to arrive next year. Too bad we can’t steal a TARDIS and fast forward to one year later. But, then again sometimes the Doctor’s TARDIS isn’t too reliable.
Remember that episode with Rose missing for 12 months? Yeah just because you never have to wait for breakfast it doesn’t mean we’ll get to the right time. But, wait, you check out the author’s Twitter page and find out there’s…more!? Your hands are getting clammy as you scroll down and see that it’s a novella. Yes! FTW!! WHOOT! So long TARDIS. Hello 2 months-ish later. You can wait for more Warner or more Darkling time. You eagerly wait for the novella and when it does come you find that…what’s this…
*cue the groan*
Novellas are usually a hit and miss. Kim loves them and thinks that they’re extras for fans. Like the bonus feature you get on DVDs – the sometimes useless bonus features…or maybe that’s just me. I do like watching the deleted scenes though. On the other hand, for me novellas are evil, evil, vile things that just end up disappointing you. They’re more evil than Voldemort’s seven horocruxes.
Anyhow, the reason why I dislike novellas is because they are usually irrelevant to the original story. They don’t add content to the original story that we don’t already know about. I DO like how they are told from a different character’s POV, but sometimes the timeline of which the novella takes place can be confusing. Neverfall by Brodi Ashton comes to mind, trying to place where Cole’s POV that took place was harder than knowing what timeline River Song is in when she meets the Doctor with her cryptic messages.
Novellas can help us understand a character more or make us change our minds about them. I’m noticing that when we read from the “villains” POV in these novellas, we often sympathize with them if we didn’t find them swoony in the first place; I don’t know about you, but after reading the Unite Me novella by Tahereh Mafi I had doubts about Warner’s intentions and I’ll have to admit I was sitting on the Team Warner side of the bleachers after she made Adam such a jerkwad (If only Juliette knew how to mind read, she’ll find out how he’s not so swoon-worthy after all). I don’t think novellas are worth it though. 95% of the time it serves no benefits that will give us hints for the future series. 95% of the times it’s just a quick little synopsis of the first book, but from a different character’s POV (a sort of cliffhanger if you will). I don’t think it’s necessary to read the novella to understand what the next book is going to have, in the sense it’s mostly to understand a certain character’s actions.
While novellas seems to be becoming a thing and a way to keep us, fans, anticipated for the next book in the series fresh in our heads, it makes you wonder if Dickens wrote novellas in between installments to keep his fans happy.
What is your take on novellas? Has reading a novella affected you from turning a character you hated to a character you end up liking?