A type of Prose Fiction which is essentially a short novel which is longer than the novelette. Described by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America as any work between 17,500 and 40,000 words in length. Can overlap with the Short Story.

Novellas are relatively uncommon in English language publishing due to there being little market for them. However, there are notable exceptions. Novellas are often sold in installments within several editions of a fiction magazine making many of them examples of a multivolume work.

Quite a few video games in the 1980s came with novellas, which acted to provide backstory that wasn't possible to squeeze into the games themselves.

Novellas tend to have simpler plots than novels, but these plots necessitate more complexity than in a novelette due to the added length.

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