The Armchair BEA team says: Now it is time to give a little love to those little stories in your life. Share your love for your favorite shorts of any form. What is a short story or novella that doesn’t get the attention that it deserves? Recommend to readers what shorts you would recommend they start with. How about listing some short story anthologies based upon genres or authors?
I don’t read many novellas and short stories.
When I do read these shorter works, they’re usually associated with a series I’m reading. It’s too hard to feel connected otherwise. I just don’t have enough time to get invested the way I do with a novel.
On the other hand, these “in-between” stories are definitely a marketing strategy, and that can be frustrating for readers whose first concern is the story. While it is nice to get some background information on your favorite series, you have to be able and willing to spend the money for these e-book exclusives.
It’s actually been a long time since I’ve read a novella or a short story… but that won’t be the case for long. This morning I posted about the latest anthology from International Thriller Writers, FaceOff. “For the first time ever, the world’s greatest thriller characters meet head-to-head in eleven electrifying stories.” I’ve been excited for this since I first heard about it last summer, and I’m definitely looking forward to picking up a copy next week.
I know I’m ignoring the big picture here; after all, just because companion stories are what’s popular right now, there are lots of authors writing shorter works that aren’t attached to a bigger project. But… that’s just an area that I know absolutely nothing about.
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What novellas and short stories do you think I’m missing out on?