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Hello everyone and happy Friday! It’s Stephanie from Chasm of Books here. I have been thinking about what to talk about all week and finally, (the day before) I thought of something! Yes, I woke up Thursday morning and thought, oh crap, I still haven’t written a
Friday Couple *cough* Discussing Through Midnight. No, I can’t possibly be two posts behind…. But it finally came to me, short story instalments in larger series.
Or whatever they’re called….
You know books like The Demigod Diaries, The Demigod Files, uhhhhh, hold on while I check the names for some that aren’t, you know, written by Rick Riordan. Oh, there The Prince by Keira Cass, no not The Bane Chronicles. But isn’t that the same thing, Stephanie? No. See, I’m talking about the ones that slip into the space between the books in a series, or at least some time you didn’t read about within the series timeline. The Bane Chronicles are kind of their own stand alone short story series, trust me. Any who…. I suppose we could call them novellas but The Prince isn’t really a novella…. Oh well, you guys get the point.
So short story instalments within a series, good or bad? Are they worth the time and effort the authors and publishers put into them? As a reviewer, I find it harder to review shorter works like this. I’m so used to having more that I have to remind myself they’re just short stories. Let’s look at a very tiny pros and cons list for a moment.
1. They give you a taste of the characters while you’re waiting for the next book.
2. You wouldn’t see the characters oh, let’s see, battle Dionysus’s followers otherwise.
3. You wouldn’t feel the greatness that is the world you’ve fallen in love with enough to spend up to $8 on a book of short stories you wouldn’t otherwise buy.
1. They’re really short, which I suppose could be a good thing, but I’m putting it here because a shorter story allows less development and often leaves you (or me at least) wanting.
2. They’re not as good as the real thing.
Every time I read a short story installment within a series, I’m disappointed. I’m expecting the epicness that was the full length novel but then I don’t get that.
My expectations might be too high. But I keep reading them. Why? Well, did you see my pro part of the list? I need the characters except for Annabeth.I need the feels the world of (insert series here) brings. Sure, I may not find them as epic but, like The Demigod Diaries, it gets me thinking about that particular series. It reminds me how much I like it. And it reminds me why I like or hate certain characters…. *cough*
So are they worth the effort? I would say yes. Are they good or bad? I would say they’re on the side of good, but not epic. But then again, I sometimes find I’m the only one who thinks like this when it comes to these type of things.
So what about you guys? What do you think of short story instalments/novellas?
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