I quite like novellas/short stories set in the same worlds as a series I love, but I wish they were easier to obtain in print, It really annoys me when things are only available in ebook form.
If I spend money on adding physical books to my shelves, I want all the books there are in that series or world, all lined up together. I wouldn’t mind waiting until there are three or four printed together in one book. I just want them printed eventually
But novellas are cool ways to explore my favourite fictional worlds a bit more. I’m getting tired of seeing authors use the same major characters though. I want new characters! (I’m so greedy!) I like stories about that one character that’s in one tiny scene but is still really interesting, too. Just any characters that don’t get enough “screen-time”.
Novellas I Wish There Were
1) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll: The White Rabbit
I would love to see the White Rabbit’s stories – not about when Alice was there, but another time. Or the Hatter. Or the Cheshire Cat. Anyone really.
2) Septimus Heap by Angie Sage: Lucy or the Boggart
I would love to read more from these two characters. Lucy in particular is a brilliant character, and she isn’t in the books nearly enough.
I’d like to see novellas in this universe, but about other kids completely. I want to see more of this world – which abilities are common? Is invisibility the only really rare ability? What else is rare?
4) H.I.V.E by Mark Walden: Laura, Shelby and co.
I’d love to read about how the other characters got to school. We know why they’re there, but not how. It would be fun to read, especially Shelby – I bet she put up one heck of a fight! And I want to know about Laura’s friendship dramas too.
5) W.A.R.P by Eoin Colfer: Otto Malarkey and the Rams
It would be fun to read about King Otto’s regular life! Novellas about the Rams would be cool!
6) Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien: Eowyn and Arwen
What the heck were these two superb female characters doing the whole time? I’d LOVE to see Middle Earth from their point of view.
7) Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
I know there’s a spin-off (Bloodlines; which I’m about to start reading at some point in the next few weeks), but I’d love a novella or two about that little Siberian community. Or from the point of view of a “blood whore”, just to see what they’re really like. They’re talked about more than often enough – I want more information about their view of the world. I also want more of Mia (is she in Bloodlines at all?) I want to see more Moroi magic as well. I’m not surprised Richelle Mead wrote a spin-off of VA to be honest, because there’s so much to explore in this world.
8) Discworld by Terry Pratchett: The Wee Free Men
I want to see an entirely Nac Mac Feegle based story. No human allowed! Not even witches!
9) Peter Pan by J.M.Barrie: Tiger Lily, Tinkerbell and Mermaid Lagoon
I know there are a fair amount of novels that are retellings of Peter Pan, including Tiger Lily versions, but I just wish there were actual novellas by J.M.Barrie following Tink and Tiger Lily. I also wish more had been done with Mermaid Lagoon.
10) The Hobbit by J.R.R.Tolkien: Radagast the Brown
I’d love to read more about Radagast the Brown, and also the other two wizards who are barely mentioned. The two blue wizards.
I don’t really read many novellas at the moment, because I haven’t yet got a kindle and I still much prefer print books. I will be getting a kindle shortly though so hopefully I will read more novellas then.
What are some of your favourites? Which would you like to see made available?