The other night I was having a chat with a writerly dude about novellas and their resurgence in the digital publishing age. We were both of the opinion that this is a wonderful thing.
What I’m not-so-secretly hoping, is that it’s not just the novella that returns with online and electronic books, but that we get over the long-standing thing of books having to be a certain thickness. I’ve read so many books that would have been really, truly great if they’d just been shorter / tighter / more focussed. Not just fiction either, but my favourite area of non-fic; history.
If we can get down to the length a story ‘needs to be’ rather than how much shelf space it needs to take up, I think we’ll see a much bigger range of authors and story experiences on offer. This excites me as a reader probably even more than as a writer.
Of course it potentially goes both directions… maybe instead of trilogies we’ll see 250K novels instead? That could be an amazing change for fantasy authors.