Tuesday, 16 November 2010
WHAT THE F**K IS A NOVELLA??
Sorry I'm ranting - but recently I've been reading a lot of Stephen King novellas and you know these things are largely better than his full length work. Because the stories are so lean not a word is wasted and yet King still manages to go off on his customary and entertaining tangents. Take for instance King's The Body, which was made into the movie Stand by Me. At just over 160 pages there's plenty of meat on The Body but it's not obese as it would have been no doubt had King padded it out for the market. And this must happen - writers want to compete in the market and so they add 200 pages of padding to what had been a perfectly structured story.
Man. my head hurts - all this technical details becomes absurd when you think it attached to a creative art that should have no boundaries. Does it matter if a book is marketed as a novel or novella? Do novellas sell less than novels?
Of course when The Body was published in a film-tie in version, it suddenly became a novel.
Oh and a novella is also a girlie gossip magazine.