From what I can tell a novella is defined as anything that is less than 40,000 words. Since there are approximately 300 words on a page we can say that most novellas will be under 130 pages, give or take. Up until recently I found myself very reluctant to read a novella. It didn’t matter if my favorite author wrote the book, if it had novella attached anywhere to it, I stayed away. I had a perception that you couldn’t do in a novella what you can in a novel; that they lacked a depth of story, emotion and didn’t have enough time to allow me to form a connection to the characters.
Something has happened in 2103 though that has caused me to rethink my position on the novella. Price points on books changed, or so it seemed, and books became cheaper. We have been able to find a lot of really good books for $2.99 and under. With that $2.99 pricing however came fewer pages so I have forced to adapt to this new trend.
Adapting turned out to be the best thing I could have done. It re-introduced me to the novella and some truly great authors that blew through all of my arguments as to why I couldn’t possibly like a novella. Whereas before I thought something had to be sacrificed in order to keep the book under that magical word count, I no longer think that. I have been exposed to some fabulous novellas recently that have everything a full length novel can offer. These novellas have brilliant plot, emotional depth, plenty of sexin’ and I love their pricing.
Here are some recent novellas I have read that exceeded my expectations:
Big Boy by Ruthie Knox
Ticket Home by Serena Bell
Play With Me by Alisha Rai
The Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers
Willing Victim by Cara McKenna
Deep Desires by Charlotte Stein
Burden by Annmarie McKenna
Frat Boy and Toppy by Anne Tenino (this one is a little longer than 130 pages but shorter than full novel)
So what about you? How do you feel about the novella? Have you had a change of heart like I have? Are you as satisfied when you finish one as you are when you finish a full length novel? Do you have any good recommendations to give us?