Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Novels vs. novellas
Ok, if you can't tell by the name of the blog...I like to read. I expend quite a bit of effort to support the habit, have well-used library cards for two different library systems, enter contests in hopes that I will win books, review books (I will have to figure out how to work the Amazon system so that I can start receiving books from them) and, when all else fails, I buy them! That being said, I am a little frustrated by the trend toward novellas. I realize that they are quicker to write but the corollary is that they are also quicker to read and somehow, less satisfying to me because the story is condensed and there is less depth. I realize that sometimes there are multiple novellas which combine to make a novel, kind of the way serials were once published in newspapers or magazines, but it is irksome to me. I find it even more frustrating to try to figure out whether an e-book is a novel or something shorter. KB size or word count don't really translate for me and sometimes it seems that price isn't reflective of length of work so that can get really sticky. I realize that other people may disagree because they like quickie reads but just as I prefer print books to e-books, I really prefer novels to novellas! Just to be contrary however, I don't like novels that are 500 pages or more. Why? Not only do they take forever to finish, but my wrists usually hurt from the weight, lol.