If you’re hungering for more from a series or you want to explore the compelling worldbuilding of a series, these spinoffs can help you do that!
As I learn more about fiction, I’ve found the different types of fiction very interesting. Normally, the “types” of fiction refers to genres: whether a piece is literary fiction as opposed to romantic or sci-fi. However, I’m talking more about length in fiction. There are about four general lengths in fiction: flash fiction, short stories, novellas, and novels.
Flash fiction refers to short works that are, usually, under 1,000 words. This includes Dribbles, Drabbles, and six-word stories. Flash fiction is like a burst of juice on your tongue; something short and sweet. These short, short stories truly pack a punch, somewhere between a sour candy and an actual hit, when it comes to their emotional toll. Stories like The Visitor and A Story of Stolen Salamis, by Lydia Davis are steeped in memory and care. They make you smile in a wistful way as you think of your grandpa or something you hold dear. Jamaica Kincaid also packs a heavy hit with Girl, the story of a young Caribbean girl and the lessons her mother gives her. You think of social expectations, whether you’re on the good side or the bad side of what your mother wanted.
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Short stories are, almost always, significantly longer than Flash Fiction, spanning from 1,500 to 10,000 words. These stories are like short films in their ability to tell a full, detailed story in a short amount of time. There fun to read on the go; great for snacking. Bullet in the Brain by Tobias Wolff is just that. This compact little story, gives context to the death of a book editor and does a great job of giving you just enough. There’s just enough detail, just enough dialog, just enough of insight on the main character’s life. It’s a little bag of perfect.
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Novellas are usually around 15,000 to 60,000, even though the word count is not set in stone. Think of them as a dinner plate; it’s enough to fill you up without making you full. Novellas are satisfying in that way. They’re full of detail, all without dedicated pages to setting or description. John Steinbeck seems to be a good chef when it comes to novellas. He wrote Of Mice and Men, The Red Pony, The Pearl, and Lifeboat, with the first being his most famous Novella. Of Mice and Men is the perfect example of what a novella could be. It presents a full, satisfying story that is, like a short story, easy to read wherever you are.
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Novels are the most common form of fiction around, the full course meal of fiction. These stories can stretch from around 50/60,000 words onward, even though readers usually prefer novels that don’t pass 250,000 words. Everyone has their own favorite novel, but every good novel has one thing in common: it’s extremely engaging. Because a novel has to keep a reader’s attention over a longer coarse of time, it’s more important they are engaging from the beginning. Another thing about novels is that they give you the room to build an entire world. It is perfectly acceptable to spend a significant time on setting and world-building. Take the Harry Potter series for example; those books are long and spend a lot of time setting up the scenery. That works in a novel because it gives depth to the world and keeps the story interesting.
Now that you’ve gotten to see the full spread of what fiction has to offer, go out and read. Have a novella on the train; read a short story with breakfast; enjoy the variety of fiction because it is truly endless.
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Along with the changing of the leaves come the dark, chilly nights of Autumn- the perfect setting for everyone’s favorite holiday, Halloween. Face your fears with this month’s terrifying Hulu and Netflix adaptations!
We’ve put every new release into categories and included the Netflix and Hulu release dates to boot! Click on the titles or where it says “book” or “novel” to either the watch film/show trailer or to purchase the original book!
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
From ‘the Time Traveler’s Wife’ | Image via Giphy
- A. I. Artificial Intelligence (2001 Film) – based on the short story Supertoys Last All Summer Long by Brian Aldiss (October 1st Hulu)
- Beautiful Creatures (2013 Film) – based on the books by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (October 1st, Hulu)
- The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009 Film) – based on the book by Audrey Niffenegger (October 1st, Netflix)
- Total Recall (1990) – based on the short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale by Phillip K. Dick (October 1st, Hulu)
From ‘After’ | Image via Tenor
- After (2019 Film) – based on the book by Anna Todd (October 9th, Netflix)
- A Tale of Love and Darkness (2015 Film) – based on the memoir by Amos Oz (October 25th, Netflix)
- Looking For Alaska (Season 1) – based on the book by John Green (October 18th, Hulu)
- No Way Out (1987 Film) – based on the book The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing (October 1st, Hulu)
- Raging Bull (1980 Film) – based on the memoir by Jake LaMotta (October 31st, Netflix)
- Troy (2004 Film) – based on the Greek epic, Homer’s Illiad (October 1st, Netflix)
From ‘Trainspotting’ | Image via Giphy
- Trainspotting (1996 Film) – based on the book by Irvine Welsh (October 1st, Netflix)
- True Grit (1969 Film) – based on the book by Charles Portis (October 1st, Hulu)
- Winter’s Bone (2010 Film) – based on the book by Daniel Woodrell (October 1st, Hulu)
From Hellraiser | Image via Giphy
- An American Haunting (2006 Film) – based on the book An American Haunting: The Bell Witch by Brent Monohan (October 1st, Hulu)
- Hellraiser (1987), Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992), Hellraiser IV: Bloodline (1996) – based on the book The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker (October 1st, Hulu)
- Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990 Film) – based on the short stories Lot No. 249 by Arthur Conan Doyle and The Cat From Hell by Stephen King (October 1st, Hulu)
- The Haunting (1999 Film) – based on the book The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (October 1st, Hulu)
- The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999 Film) – based on the book by Patricia Highsmith (October 1st, Hulu)
- Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000 (2000 Film) – inspired by Dracula by Bram Stoker (October 1st, Hulu)
From ‘Along Came A Spider’ | Image via Tumbral
- Along Came a Spider (2001 Film) – based on the book by James Patterson (October 1st, Netflix)
- Castle Rock (Season 2) – inspired by the stories of Stephen King (October 23rd, Hulu)
- In The Tall Grass (2019 Film) – based on the novella by Stephen King (October 4th, Netflix)
From Blade | Image via Giphy
- Blade (1998), Blade 2 (2002), and Blade: Trinity (2004) – based on Marvel Comics’ Blade series (October 1st, Hulu)
- Cheese in the Trap (Season 1) – based on the popular Korean Web Series by Soonkki (October 1st, Netflix)
- Constantine (2005 Film) – based on the DC Comics Hellblazer Series (October 1st, Hulu)
- Ghost World (2001 Film) – based on the comic by Daniel Cowes (October 1st, Hulu)
- Men In Black (1997 Film) – based on the Marvel Comics’ Series by Lowell Cunningham (October 19th, Netflix)
- Supergirl (Season 4) – based on the DC Comics (October 1st, Netflix)
- Superman Returns (2006 Film) – based on the DC Comics (October 1st, Netflix)
- Raising Dion (2019 Premiere Film) – based on the comic book by Dennis Liu (October 4th, Netflix)
From Sailor Moon | Image via Giphy
- Kengan Ashura (Part 2) – based on the Japanese Comic written by Yabako Sandrovich and illustrated by Daromeon (October 31st, Netflix)
- Sailor Moon (Season 4) – based on the Japanese Comic written and illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi (October 1st, Hulu)
- The Bravest Knight (Season 1B) – based on the children’s book The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived by Daniel Errico
- The Spooky Tale of Captain Underpants Hack-a-ween (2019 Premiere Special) – based on the Dav Pilkey Captain Underpants Comic Series (October 8th, Netflix)
- Ultramarine Magmell (2019 Anime) – based on the Chinese Comic by Masaya Hokazono (October 10th, Netflix)
There are so many choices for the month of October, both for those who would rather not be spooked by their entertainment, and those seeking a thrill.