The Sunday School 8th January 2023 - Elizabeth Philip
While reading A Wedding to Remember from Sudha Murty's book Wise and Otherwise, we found a reference to her novel Mahashweta.
What is a novel?
A novel is a long-written story about imaginary people and events.
a long printed story about fictional characters and events
an invented prose narrative that is usually long and complex and deals mainly with human experience through a usually connected sequence of events
(Merriam Webster dictionary)
a story long enough to fill a complete book, in which the characters and events are generally imaginary
The novel is a genre, or kind, of literature. It is fiction, which means the writer invented the story.
One thing leads to another. Now, we need to know what genre and literature mean.
Let's start with literature.
Literature is writing that is usually considered to be a work of art. It differs from written works such as cookbooks, travel guides, or how-to books. Those are meant only to provide information. In general, literature communicates ideas of lasting interest. A writer of literature takes special care in choosing and arranging words. Some common types of literature include novels, poetry, and dramas.
Let's move on to genre.
A genre is a specific type of music, film, or writing.
Here's the link to help you determine how genre is pronounced.
A genre (from Latin: genus) is a style or type of music, literature, movies, or other media. Some genres (styles) are used in more than one form of art or communication. For example, fantasy and science fiction are used in literature, movies, and television.
Now that you know what literature and genre mean, would you like to read more about some of the genres in children's literature?
This is enough for today! You know that a novel is longer than a short story.
How long is long, and how short is short?
You'll be getting more information about short stories and novels…soon!
- Elizabeth Philip
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