"Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.”
Fairest is the first novella I have ever read. I just do not care for novellas. I see them as money-grabbing extras that do not add to the story and are only published to exploit fans of a book series. If the content was that important then the author would include it to the actual book. I did not even read The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss, which is the norvella to one of my most favorite fantasy series. I do not know where this trend to publish novellas has come from but I do not like it. Just think how much money Joanne K. Rowling would have made if she had published novellas from the Harry Potter World now and then. But she did not.
To me, all these novellas being published taint the authors in a bad light. If they really just wanted to give the fans more stories they could publish them for free on their websites. But still, for the first time I gave in and picked up a novella. I totally blame my addiction to The Lunar Chronicles for this and the fact that we have to wait until the end of the year before Winter comes out.
Fairest did not disappoint. Meyer just knows how to write. The story reads as easily as her books. In Fairest we learn more about Queen Levana. It is a heart-wrenching story and gives insight on why she acts the way she does. For me, the most interesting thing is how differently I see her now. I am sure that when I will be reading Winter, I will compare how I see her now as opposed to how I would see her if I did not know what I do now.
All in all, I am happy that Fairest was my first novella but I am sure that I will not change my attitude towards novellas in the future. If I am really interested I might pick up a novella to a book series but in general I probably will not.