Friday, December 31, 2010

Topic: The Meaning of Novels

Question: Why read novels?

Answer: “All traditional novels demonstrate that certain people had certain experiences, and these experiences comment upon life, leaving the reader with some nonfictional conclusion about life. The nonfictional conclusion, or significance, is the theme of the novel.” Robert C. Meredith and John D. Fitzgerald. May 1966.

Comment: Is the novel dead? I don’t think so. Is reading novels no longer relevant to today’s American society? I don’t think so. Do Americans read classic novels? I think, less and less. Perhaps plain-spoken statements like this one on the nature and purpose of the novel will motivate people to read more novels—even traditional novels. Tweets, e-mail, Facebook and reading novels can co-exist. RayS.

Title: The Writer’s Digest Guide to Good Writing. Thomas Clark, ed., et al. Cincinnati, Ohio: Writer’s Digest Books, 1994.

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