November 5, 2012

What Do You Think...of Novellas Inserted into Series?

What Do You Think?  is a new feature on Lost in Books.  Each week I will pose a question on a literary topic, quote, or the like.  Just share your opinions in the comments!  All opinions are welcomed and encouraged! :)

This week:

What do you think of the new trend in book series that include novellas in the middle of the series?  What about the numbering of 1.5 and 4.5?    Share in the comments!

Iron's Prophecy (The Iron Fey 4.5) by Julie Kagawa
The Wind Through the Keyhole (The Dark Tower 4.5) by Stephen King
Destroy Me (Shatter Me 1.5) by Tahereh Mafi
Fatal Destiny (Fatal 3.5) by Marie Force
Christmas Moon (Vampire for Hire 4.5) by J.R. Rain

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10-16-2012 Topics Lacking in Books
10-8-2012  Oscar Wilde Quote


  1. Gina, a book dragonNovember 5, 2012 at 3:46 AM

    Do you have to read them? Do they move the whole series along or are they more like "this is the story of the other couple from the double date with the main character" type of thing?

    How much are they and what format?

    how many pages is it really?

  2. I find them annoying. I know that they are good marketing ploys because normally they are so cheap and introduce new readers to the general series, but it can tend to be confusing to the already dedicated reader. They are thinking is this something new to the series? Do I have to read this for the rest of the series to make sense? Other than a marketing ploy, I don't really see the need for these.


  3. Gosh, I hate to say this bc I really try not to be snarky...but I HATE them. They are NOTHING but marketing ploys in my experience. If I'm hooked on a series enough to consider reading an in between novella, I generally find that the author should have just waited and put his/her focus more on the next series installment rather than wasting my time and his/hers on the novella. Sore spot for me, sorry :(

  4. bermudaonion(Kathy)November 5, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    To be honest, they just seem like a way to make more money to me.

  5. Ana @ things mean a lotNovember 5, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    I don't think I've ever read one, to be honest! I can see the marketing ploy side of it, but sometimes as a fan I really want more of the world and characters I love, so I pretty much welcome anything as long as it's well-written.

  6. It seems to be a story within itself with the same characters, usually in an e-book format. So basically, to me, it seems like a marketing ploy.

  7. I don't mind them as I don't often bother reading them, except when something happens in them that is referred to in the main series and I have not read the novella or even knew it was out. The few I have read rarely add to the series as a whole really and seem to be a waste of time.

  8. I don't mind novellas as introductions to a series but not in the middle. I wonder about the motives of the author. Is it money or they don't want to let the characters go?

  9. Prior to being to buy eBooks, I never would have spent money on them. Now I'll buy one if it's by one of my favorite authors or an author I want to try (or it's free); but as far as the impact on the rest of the series, it seems like they don't usually have any.

  10. I haven't read any myself so I can't comment but is seems odd. Why not just incorporate it into the series??

  11. News to me! But I'm not much of a series reader. I'll have to think about it. Though I don't mind novellas, and I'm trying to be a better reader of short stories.

  12. I used to wonder about that too... but I've since changed my mind

  13. I've noticed indie authors esp write novellas and now that I'm an indie author and contemplating a novella... I realize that it is a way to juggle (at least for me) writing and my day job, kids, etc. - i.e. when folk ask me when the next book is coming out in the series, I can give them a novella in the interim while I write the next installment... as a reader, I've enjoyed novellas by my fave authors even when in the middle of a series... as always though - every reader's point of view counts because it is so subjective and that really cannot be judged... I think that novellas exist because there is a market for them though which means that there are readers wanting them, buying them, etc.

  14. I am trying to be a better reader of short stories, too. Next year I am going to read one a week. :)

  15. Thanks for your input as an author, Aneesa. It is good to see both sides of a coin. Does writing the novella take time away from writing the next installment?

  16. As long as it's not as expensive as the full length book, it's not a bad deal. I usually don't buy them myself though

  17. I agree. If it is the same price as a regular novel, then it is definitely a marketing ploy.


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