Saturday, July 23, 2016
What Makes A Novel Memorable
There have been so many good books over the years. The first thing that comes to mind is that they are memorable. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; The Lord of the Rings; 1984 by George Orwell; Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin and Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.
I've read theses books, not for a long time now, but I still remember them. The characters seeped into your soul and stayed there, suddenly emerging when you remember a particular scene. The setting put you right into the story. You were there - in the jungle, or in the future or back in the nineteenth century. The plot was gripping. Dialogue worked for the story and the theme. It moved you through the story. And you had to keep turning the pages. The ending stayed with you, whether it was a HEA or the shock of finding yourself right back where you started.
I think all theses things combined, and woven together almost invisibly make a good, even great novel.
And yes there are good novels today. I just finished one by Loreth Anne White,- In the Waning Light, where she kept me turning the pages and left an imprint on my memory.
Now off to see what the rest of the group has to say.
Judith Copek http://lynx-sis.blogspot.com
Skye Taylor http://www.skye-writer.com/blogging_by_the_sea
Dr. Bob Rich http://wp.me/p3Xihq-I4
Victoria Chatham http://victoriachatham.blogspot.ca
Helena Fairfax http://helenafairfax.com/
Marci Baun http://www.marcibaun.com/blog/
Rachael Kosinski http://rachaelkosinski.weebly.com/
Connie Vines http://connievines.blogspot.com/Rhobin Courtright http://www.rhobinleecourtright.com