DANNNG. I haven’t done a Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down in a long time. A LONG TIME. Probably had something to do with planning a wedding and the questions would have been more like this: How do you feel about yellow and gray together? How do you feel about The Way I Am by Ingrid Michaelson for our first dance song? How do you feel about table linens? I had a single track mind, friends. ANYWAYS. The topic is about something I’ve been noticing a lot recently!
It seems like, as of recent, there has been this growing trend of publishers releasing novellas from the authors (seems to be mostly in e-book form) in between the most recently released and the not yet released book of a series that. They are extras — things that add to the stories, or are prequels, come from a more minor character’s perspective — stories that seem to supplement our reading and add new dimension to the story and to help satiate readers who are waiting for the next book to be released.
It seems like a ton of series have them lately. I’ve noticed a few showing up for series I’m in the middle of.
To name a few:
In between Delirium and Pandemonium there was Hana — a novella from the perspective of Hana who is Lena’s best friend in the series.
In between Shatter Me and Unravel Me there will be Destroy Me (out in October) — a novella that will ” bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.”
In between Wither and Fever there was The Seeds Of Wither — a novella that is from the perspective of “The First Bride” before Rhine is ever in the house.
In between Under The Never Sky and Through The Ever Night will be Roar and Liv (coming out in October) — a novella that is a prequel to the series and that is from the perspective of the much loved Roar.
It seems as though most of these novellas do not HAVE to be read and will not effect you if you just go straight to the next book but I’ve heard rumblings from people of a few that make it seem like you will be missing out on things if you do not in fact purchase it. Most of these cost around $2.99 on Amazon (though Seeds of Wither is 99 cents) and I’ve seen some instances where they are offered as “free extras.” It seems like many people love them but it also seems like some people are getting weary of them — like they just would like to not have all these little extras floating around and want just the series as it is.
What I Want To Know From You: Do you like to read these novellas — why or why not? If you have, which ones? Do you feel like these add to the story or do you feel like they are kind of annoying? Do you think they are just more of a moneymaker or do you think they truly add something to the stories and are a way to keep the reader of the series engaged? How do you feel about them when they could potentially add things for the next book that you’ll miss?
So let’s vote and then discuss in the comments!
My Opinion: I have never read a single one of these “extras.” When I read Delirium I didn’t even really know anything about Hana. Same with when I read Wither. I’m slightly interested in Roar and Liv but I’m just not sure that I’d actually devote some time to read it. I guess they just don’t personally appeal to me. I mean, true, I can’t get enough of the series that I love and would love to be able to “visit” the characters and the story in between books but I really guess I’m just a purist in the way that I figure if it was important it should be in the book. That being said, I do think they could be fun and really keep the reader satiated in between the long waits. But I just don’t know that they are FOR ME. I’d really hope that they don’t add TOO much that I’d miss out on something in the book because I chose not to read the “extra”…if it’s important than make it part of the series. I don’t have super strong opinions on this one as I haven’t experienced them one way or another but I know in general that their appeal is lost on me. I’m super excited to see what YOU all think of this!