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Green Jay

Novellas

I'm sure we've discussed the novella eslewhere, but ho hum, I can't find it. So...

I've just read that Melville House is to publish a new series The Art of the Novella. Interesting titles. Never thought of The Hound of the Baskervilles as a novella.

http://mhpbooks.com/series/the-art-of-the-novella/
TheRejectAmidHair

There are a few titles there that seem like short stories. But the lines between novel and novella at one end, and between the novella and the short story on the other, are blurred.

(I had written "clearly blurred" there, but then it struck me it made about as much sense as a "massive hole" ... Smile )
Castorboy

Re: Novellas

Green Jay wrote:
I'm sure we've discussed the novella eslewhere, but ho hum, I can't find it. So...

The link is on http://bigreaders.myfastforum.org/about1332.html
Apple

'Scuse me for being a bit thick, but what is a Novella and what is the difference between that and a novel? Embarassed  Confused
Castorboy

There seems to be general agreement that the length of a short story is under 7,500 words or about 18 pages, the novelette is about 40 pages or 17,500 words while the novella is about 17,500 to 40/50,000 words (40 to 120 pages) and the novel is anything above the 40/50,000 words.
Apple

Castorboy wrote:
There seems to be general agreement that the length of a short story is under 7,500 words or about 18 pages, the novelette is about 40 pages or 17,500 words while the novella is about 17,500 to 40/50,000 words (40 to 120 pages) and the novel is anything above the 40/50,000 words.
Thanks for that Castorboy, as far as I'm concerned though a book is a book, a story is a story (as long as its a good one of course) no matter how many pages its got!  Wink
Green Jay

I'm sure somewhere someone also said (though not on the link provided, though thanks for that)  that a novella has a single plot line, whereas in a full novel there are sub-plots intertwining with the main one, to make it more complex and interesting for that length.

A short story is often said to revolve around "a moment", of revelation, even though there may be much leading up to it, and perhaps something - ramifications - after it. So we have a moment, a single-line plot, and a complex multi-stranded plot. That makes sense to me; but there must be plenty of examples of short stories and novellas that don't conform to that idea.  

Sometimes a short story collection by a single author will have a novella (the big story) and then a few shorter ones, sometimes but not necessarily lesser or weaker ones. Maybe that was the way to get a novella out there. I like the idea that I can read a novella with a single gleaming atmospheric storyline, but long enough to get a good deal of detail in. Can I think of an example? No!  Wink  

Many novels these days are blockbuster length without really having enough stuff to keep it going in a worthwhile way. I think I read that American Novels tend to go this way, as if you're getting more for your money with 500+ pages! (more padding.) The novella fell from favour with publishers, but now with online publishing  and trying things out for free or 99p all forms and lengths can be more flexible. And whether you've picked up a brick or just a slender volume is not noticeable on an e-reader.

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