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). Novels tend to have very complex plots with several conflicts that drive them.

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.
* {{Novella}}
* {{Novelette}}

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 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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