I’ve noticed a trend over the last few years where YA authors are putting out lots of novellas and short stories to accompany their series. Examples:
Please tell me, WHO ASKED FOR THESE??? I already have a hard enough time reading all of the books in a series, but now I have to read all of these novellas and short stories too? I know that I don’t HAVE to read them–nobody’s forcing me. But it feels like if the author’s putting it out there, then maybe I’m supposed to get additional information about characters or events from these stories.
However, I’ve found that a lot of times reading the extra material does not help or change my viewpoints about characters or events. If the events in the short story or novella were so important, then the author should have included that information in the book/series to begin with. To be completely honest–and I don’t really like feeling this way–it feels to me like these short stories and novellas are published purely to make more money by milking an idea that’s working for all that it’s worth. And that just leaves a bad taste in my mouth where that author is concerned. I feel like I, as a reader, am being taken advantage of.
So my position is that these little “extras” are unnecessary and just create added stress as a reader (not to mention cost, because libraries don’t often carry these–you actually have to buy them). Let’s think about one of the greatest series that has ever been: Harry Potter. If she wanted to, J.K. Rowling could 100% write a million more stories about day-to-day life at Hogwarts featuring a variety of characters. But she hasn’t. Sure, she’s fleshed out the world and made movies, etc. but she hasn’t done anything else with Harry, Ron, and Hermione and their time at Hogwarts. If she wanted to, I know for a fact that people would pay for that. So why hasn’t she chosen to do that while many lesser known and less popular authors with smaller fandoms have?
At the end of the day, I’m just sitting here pleading for authors to give me the whole story in one or two books (three max). I don’t have time to read four, five, eight book series anymore and I certainly don’t have time to read 50-100 page novellas and short stories.
What are your opinions on YA short stories and novellas? Are you a fan? Why do you think authors write them? Let me know in the comments!
It’s Christmas time. The Hallmark Channel and ABC Family are showing gooey Christmas movie after gooey Christmas movie. The snow is falling outside and you’re curled up on the couch watching holiday movies while sipping hot chocolate. Actually, imagine instead that you’re reading a book. But not just any book–a book that encompasses that entire feeling into one small package even though it’s the middle of the summer. That’s what this book was meant to feel like.
When I first saw this book, I was very excited. Some of my favorite YA authors all in the same little package! And I love those gooey Christmas movies so I knew I’d love these short stories. Overall, the book was good but I probably wouldn’t read it again. Not for any particular reason…it’s just one of those read once and be done with it kind of books. There were some stories that I LOVED (Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, Kiersten White, and Ally Carter). But then there were other stories that felt kind of flat to me and still others that I felt would have been better suited to a longer length–novella or even a full-length novel. The stories that I liked the most I feel had the exact right amount of romance and character development, but still had a simple idea that was easily wrapped up in 20 or so pages.
Overall a really fun read! I liked that the stories were short because it made the book feel a little more manageable I guess. I know that Stephanie Perkins is (in the process of?) coming out with a second edition of these stories with all new authors. I read that somewhere… But I’ll definitely be reading that one too.
These ratings are more of an average since I don’t think any of the stories would be rated exactly the same.
Overall Rating: 3
Sexual Content: Mild