YMMV / Moll Flanders

  • Genre Turning Point: Widely considered to be the prototype for the English concept of the novel as a popular fictional work. If it strikes a modern reader as wildly incoherent, rambling, and adhering to none of the established rules of plot, characterization, and narrative, it's because novels literally were not a thing at the time; they were making up the rules as they went. Taking all that into consideration, Moll was a revolutionary new idea in literature: a character (in that her strength of personality was intended to carry the story along as much as her scandalous adventures).