What should we call it?” asked Claire Armitstead in the Guardian.
Ah, here we go the heated debate of the novel vs novella. Don’t forget word count! I see so many writers focus on this and broadcasting their word count to the world. Nothing wrong with that but I fear some are somewhat distracted by some elusive goal they try to achieve. Many times I’m asked how much is enough. Well, that rather depends.
Does size really matter? A great book doesn’t cease to be a great book because of its size. It may even make it better.
As an author I don’t pay too much attention to my wordcount. When the story is finished, it ends, full stop.
As a reader I’d much prefer read a short novel rather than one than goes on and on for the sake of it.
To quote Brett Easton Ellis talking about technology : “There are some tweets out there that say what needs to be said in about 140 characters, while certain writers who literally masturbate for 400 pages fail to say [it] as succinctly.”
In France they don’t make such distinction, a novel is a “roman” whatever its size and I think it’s a much better way to look at it.
- In praise of… short novels | Editorial (guardian.co.uk)
- Claire Armitstead: When is a novel not a novel? When it’s a novella (guardian.co.uk)
- Review: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (sparrowreads.com)
- The Man booker prize 2011 Breaking News (aishadexpress.com)