One of the longest forms of ProseFiction and the source of many a {{Doorstopper}}. The novel is one of the most popular forms of literary fiction, and has made the fortune of several writers.

A novel can be any work of fiction longer than about 40 or 50 thousand words (the exact figure is debatable), though modern publishing often place a minimum length of at least 70 thousand words, and sometimes as high as 100 thousand. Novels tend to have very complex plots with several conflicts that drive them.

Compare: {{Novella}}, {{Novelette}}, ShortStory.

Subtypes and derivations of the novel form include (list not mutually exclusive):
* EpistolaryNovel: When a novel consists of a series of fictitious letters or documents.
* SerialNovel: Novel published serialized as a newspaper or magazine series.
* {{Novelization}}: Adaptation of a work in another medium into a novel.
* TieInNovel: Novels written to tie in with a TV show or SeriesFranchise.
* VerseNovel: A novel that is written in verse.
* GraphicNovel: When novel meets ComicBook.
* DimeNovel: The pulp novels of the 19th century ('penny dreadfuls' in Britain).
* RomanceNovel: Trivial novel that focuses on love and romance.
* AirportNovel: Cheap entertainment novel, the modern SpiritualSuccessor of the DimeNovel.
* LightNovel: Japanese type of {{young adult}} oriented entertainment novels.
* VisualNovel: Novel meets InteractiveFiction.
* InGameNovel: Novel included as background in a VideoGame.

For more information see [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novel "the other wiki."]]
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!!Examples:
* ''Literature/{{Ulysses}}'' by Creator/JamesJoyce
* ''Literature/{{Beloved}}'' by Creator/ToniMorrison
* ''Literature/OliverTwist'' by Creator/CharlesDickens
* ''Literature/TaleOfGenji'' by Murasaki Shikibu, often considered the first novel.
* ''Literature/DonQuixote'' by Miguel de Cervantes, considered the first modern novel in Western literature.
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