Is the Novel dead?

March 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

I recently had a conversation with another writer about the novel’s future. She said that many readers are leaning towards books that read like a movie (big openings and very visual). In addition to writing fiction, I also write screenplays and I hope that this isn’t going to become the trend. Call me a book snob, but if I wanted to see a movie or read a screenplay, I’d do just that.

In screenwriting there are limitations that you can get away with in fiction. For example, in literature it’s pretty easy to write inside the character’s head, how they feel etc. You can’t do that with a film as it’ll be a pretty boring two hours of your life listening to a character’s inner monologue.  But we shall see…

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