5 novellas you should read: part 1

At the moment I’m in the process of self publishing my novella after many years of tears, hard work and rejections. I don’t know why its so hard to get a novella published since they are shorter, often better reads that get to the point and don’t break your wrist in the process. If you haven’t tried a novella before, I suggest you start with these:

1. Animal farm George Orwell 1945. animal-farm

This is a satire about the events leading up to the Russian revolution of 1917 and the events occurring afterwards. The novella is set on the fictional Manor farm. An old boar named Major gathers the animals to the barn and tells them of his dream for an utopian society without humans. But he, like so many others in power, doesn’t care about about the good of the people; he only cares about his plans for power and domination. I like the cartoon version from 1954.

2.dr-jekyll-and-mr-hyde-and-other-stories The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Luis Stevenson 1886.

In this novella a scientist, Dr Jekyll, believes that every man has good and evil inside them and invents a potion to separate the two, thus creating the evil Mr Hyde. My favourite adaptation is a cartoon called “Hyde and hare” where Bugs Bunny lives in the house of Dr Jekyll as his pet.

3. The time machine H G Wells 1895.The Time Machine

An English scientist invents a machine that allows him to travel through time. He stops in the year 802, 701 and discovers a new world where two different species exist: the peaceful Eloi and the aggressive Morlocks. The original movie from 1960 with Rod Taylor is one of my favourite movies.

Breakfast Tiffanys4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s Truman Capote 1958.

Audrey Hepburn plays Holy Golightly, a young, single woman living it up in sixties New York and with parties and dates every night while trying to find a rich husband. I like this novella, but I prefer the movie ending. There was also a song with the same name from 1993.

5. Just Saturday nights.

Forgive me for a bit of self promotion. Sam Swann is a secretary who is in love with her boss, charming and handsome lawyer Mark Stone. If you would like to read the opening paragraph, please click above right on the link.

Text (c) 2014.

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