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The form came into its own during the 19th century. At that time, writers, as members of a still fairly young profession, moved away from emulating the classic forms of epic poetry and satire and began spending more time with narratives that offered a more intimate relationship with the characters. Making use of first person perspective and/or the free indirect style, authors of this distinctly new style of storytelling were able to explore character to a greater depth, while sometimes eschewing well-developed plots (though this is not always the case; there have been many great novelists who have balanced the demands of plot and character with finesse).

The trend was for these tales to get longer and longer, as authors sought to fully exhaust the topics they were tackling. What had begun as short stories transformed into stand-alone narratives published in book form: the novel.

Pioneers of the novel include 18th century writers such as Daniel Defoe (''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe''), Henry Fielding (''Literature/TheHistoryOfTomJonesAFoundling''), and Samuel Richardson (''Pamela''). Creator/JaneAusten might be considered the codifier of the novel. By most modern definitions, ''Literature/TheTaleOfGenji'', written in the 11th century and attributed to Creator/MurasakiShikibu, was the first written novel and the first modern novel.


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.

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A novel can be any work of fiction longer than about 40 or 50 thousand words (the exact figure is debatable).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.



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

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* ''Literature/{{Beloved}}'' by ToniMorrison

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* ''Literature/{{Beloved}}'' by ToniMorrisonCreator/ToniMorrison


* VerseNovel: A novel that is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin written in verse.]]

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* VerseNovel: A novel that is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin written in verse.]]


* ''{{Beloved}}'' by ToniMorrison

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* ''{{Beloved}}'' ''Literature/{{Beloved}}'' by ToniMorrison


* ''{{Ulysses}}'' by Creator/JamesJoyce

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* ''{{Ulysses}}'' ''Literature/{{Ulysses}}'' by Creator/JamesJoyce


* ''Literature/{{Ulysses}}'' by Creator/JamesJoyce

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* ''Literature/{{Ulysses}}'' ''{{Ulysses}}'' by Creator/JamesJoyce


* ''{{Ulysses}}'' by Creator/JamesJoyce

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* ''{{Ulysses}}'' ''Literature/{{Ulysses}}'' by Creator/JamesJoyce



* ''OliverTwist'' by Creator/CharlesDickens

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* ''OliverTwist'' ''Literature/OliverTwist'' by Creator/CharlesDickens


* ''{{Ulysses}}'' by JamesJoyce

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* ''{{Ulysses}}'' by JamesJoyceCreator/JamesJoyce


* {{Novelization}}: Adaptation of a movie into a novel.

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* {{Novelization}}: Adaptation of a movie work in another medium into a novel.


* ''OliverTwist'' by CharlesDickens

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* ''OliverTwist'' by CharlesDickensCreator/CharlesDickens


* ''DonQuixote'' by Miguel de Cervantes, considered the first modern novel in Western literature.

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* ''DonQuixote'' ''Literature/DonQuixote'' by Miguel de Cervantes, considered the first modern novel in Western literature.


* ''TaleOfGenji'' by Murasaki Shikibu, often considered the first novel.

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* ''TaleOfGenji'' ''Literature/TaleOfGenji'' by Murasaki Shikibu, often considered the first novel.


* LightNovel: Japanese genre of {{young adult}} oriented entertainment novels.

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* LightNovel: Japanese genre type of {{young adult}} oriented entertainment novels.

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