“For me the word denotes a lesser genre. If you pitch a book to a bookseller as a novel, you’re likely to get more orders than if you call it a novella.” Karolina Sutton (Curtis Brown Literary Agency)
“The novella has fallen into disuse because it sounds like a patronising diminutive – without the scope of a novel or the discipline of a short story.” Claire Armistead (Books editor, The Guardian)
Of Mice and Men by John Steinebeck, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, Joseph Conrad‘s Heart of Darkness, H. G.Wells’ The Time Machine, George Orwell‘s Animal Farm, Joyce Carol Oates‘s Black Water, Ernest Hemingway‘s The Old Man and the See, Robert Louis Stevenson‘s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived In The Castle …
And more recently we’ve had The Curious
Incident of the Dog in the night by Mark Haddon, and Julian Barnes’ The Sense of an Ending, which won the Booker Prize in 2011! I’ve also noticed that more and more e-books are novella length. Do you know any others?
Is it possible the novella is making a bit of a come-back? What do you think? Are you getting a tad fed up with weighty doorstops? When it comes to reading do you refer a chunky door stop of a book, or a slender volume, or don’t you care as long as it’s a good story well told?
As always, it’d be great to hear from you 🙂