A famous French critic once listed the 32 (I think it was) ways in which a novella can be distinguished from some other work of fiction that just happens to be a little on the short side. Among his more interesting distinctions was the question of elapsed time. In a true novella, he asserted, the action isn’t left to sprawl over many months or years but, rather, turns on a very tight temporal axis. Possibly so in many cases. But the most obvious defining characteristic of the novella is still the fact that it’s indeed relatively short.
Novellas are all the rage these days, for readers as well as writers.
This seems to be the care for a number of reasons - among them the short-attention-span reading habits of modern readers, and the cost of publishing and printing today's overblown tomes. The above post fromSeven Oaks gives even more insight into this literary form.
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