Confessional: I Hate Novellas

6.12.2015
There. I said it.

Okay, so I don't actually hate novellas. Once upon a time, I remember reading a rather cute one for the Iron Fey saga. But I hate the concept of them. I hate the fact that they're popping up everywhere, shoved together into print with NEW NEVER BEFORE SEEN STORIES!

(I apologize in advance for being such a bitter human being. This is purely an opinionated post. I'm not saying novellas should never be published. I'm just saying I like to avoid them if I can.)

I've recently started The Darkest Minds and, of course, have already been told by several people that The Assassin's Blade is a MUST before I read Crown of Midnight. And here's the thing: I hate that. I don't think I should have to read another 40 page story in a different book to understand what is going on in the ACTUAL SERIES. I just don't think a novella - or a collection of novellas - should be used to explain things that should have been in the novel itself in the first place. (Also, I'm a college student who doesn't want to spend another $10-20 on some novellas. I know, I know. Libraries. (Which is not an option for novellas not released in a collection, obviously. The Overdrive at my library isn't too bad, but they definitely don't have $3 novellas. I'm still always hesitant to buy.) Not reading them. Etc, etc. Plenty of ways for me to avoid it. But if I have the entire series, I feel wrong somehow if I don't have those, too. Considering a lot of the posts in #booksfortrade, I know most of you understand that.)
it would be so much easier if the novellas were still online so that I could read them now and understand more. I've also been told by several people that reading the collection of novellas in

I get the appeal. Especially after a series has ended, a collection of novellas can give you a chance to read about your favorite characters again, like Marissa Meyer's upcoming Stars Above novellas. I've only read up to Scarlet so far, but I love Thorne, and a part of me is excited to see that story. The beginning of Cinder's life as a cyborg is definitely intriguing. But I am JUST A BITTER HUMAN BEING. Details about life immediately after Cinder's surgeries could have been woven into Cinder. I haven't read Cress yet, but I think Thorne's life before could have been described there, too. I feel the same way about The Orphan Queen novellas - excited, but also angry. Black Knife's history sounds great, and it helps tide the wait, but WHY couldn't any of this have been included in the novels themselves? And I know, I know, it wouldn't have been the same. But my hatred of novellas on principle just gives me an unfavorable bias towards them, and I silently seethe while I'm reading.

The fact that The Assassin's Blade is so essential before Crown of Midnight has honestly delayed my continuing of the series. Don't get me wrong, I'll get to it eventually. But the fact that I have all that to get through first before I can get to the real story is upsetting. (So is the fact that it's a 6 book series, probably.)

And another thing? I feel like if I haven't read novellas or if I didn't even know they existed until well after I finished a series, I'm missing out on something. And I hate that feeling. Case in point: I've yet to read A Dawn Most Wicked by Susan Dennard. I love her work, but it's just yet another thing I feel obligated to read, which just pushes me farther and farther away. Same goes for Phoenix Overture by Jodi Meadows. I LOVE the Newsoul series, and I feel incredibly guilty for not reading this. But I can't bring myself to do it. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?

Obviously, I want authors to make all the money I can get. I want readers to enjoy as much as they can. But novellas just sour things for me, and I want to know, am I the only one?


Okay, this could have gone on forever. But you see my point. I feel like all I have are unpopular opinions in the blogging world, haha. I'd love to hear your opinions!


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6.12.2015

Confessional: I Hate Novellas

There. I said it.

Okay, so I don't actually hate novellas. Once upon a time, I remember reading a rather cute one for the Iron Fey saga. But I hate the concept of them. I hate the fact that they're popping up everywhere, shoved together into print with NEW NEVER BEFORE SEEN STORIES!

(I apologize in advance for being such a bitter human being. This is purely an opinionated post. I'm not saying novellas should never be published. I'm just saying I like to avoid them if I can.)

I've recently started The Darkest Minds and, of course, have already been told by several people that The Assassin's Blade is a MUST before I read Crown of Midnight. And here's the thing: I hate that. I don't think I should have to read another 40 page story in a different book to understand what is going on in the ACTUAL SERIES. I just don't think a novella - or a collection of novellas - should be used to explain things that should have been in the novel itself in the first place. (Also, I'm a college student who doesn't want to spend another $10-20 on some novellas. I know, I know. Libraries. (Which is not an option for novellas not released in a collection, obviously. The Overdrive at my library isn't too bad, but they definitely don't have $3 novellas. I'm still always hesitant to buy.) Not reading them. Etc, etc. Plenty of ways for me to avoid it. But if I have the entire series, I feel wrong somehow if I don't have those, too. Considering a lot of the posts in #booksfortrade, I know most of you understand that.)
it would be so much easier if the novellas were still online so that I could read them now and understand more. I've also been told by several people that reading the collection of novellas in

I get the appeal. Especially after a series has ended, a collection of novellas can give you a chance to read about your favorite characters again, like Marissa Meyer's upcoming Stars Above novellas. I've only read up to Scarlet so far, but I love Thorne, and a part of me is excited to see that story. The beginning of Cinder's life as a cyborg is definitely intriguing. But I am JUST A BITTER HUMAN BEING. Details about life immediately after Cinder's surgeries could have been woven into Cinder. I haven't read Cress yet, but I think Thorne's life before could have been described there, too. I feel the same way about The Orphan Queen novellas - excited, but also angry. Black Knife's history sounds great, and it helps tide the wait, but WHY couldn't any of this have been included in the novels themselves? And I know, I know, it wouldn't have been the same. But my hatred of novellas on principle just gives me an unfavorable bias towards them, and I silently seethe while I'm reading.

The fact that The Assassin's Blade is so essential before Crown of Midnight has honestly delayed my continuing of the series. Don't get me wrong, I'll get to it eventually. But the fact that I have all that to get through first before I can get to the real story is upsetting. (So is the fact that it's a 6 book series, probably.)

And another thing? I feel like if I haven't read novellas or if I didn't even know they existed until well after I finished a series, I'm missing out on something. And I hate that feeling. Case in point: I've yet to read A Dawn Most Wicked by Susan Dennard. I love her work, but it's just yet another thing I feel obligated to read, which just pushes me farther and farther away. Same goes for Phoenix Overture by Jodi Meadows. I LOVE the Newsoul series, and I feel incredibly guilty for not reading this. But I can't bring myself to do it. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?

Obviously, I want authors to make all the money I can get. I want readers to enjoy as much as they can. But novellas just sour things for me, and I want to know, am I the only one?


Okay, this could have gone on forever. But you see my point. I feel like all I have are unpopular opinions in the blogging world, haha. I'd love to hear your opinions!


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