The future of the novel under the spotlight

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The future of the novel under the spotlight

Postby Bouncy Castle » Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:36 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-19338275

As the erotic novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, becomes the best-selling book in British history, writers at the Edinburgh International Book Festival meet to discuss the future of the novel.
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Re: The future of the novel under the spotlight

Postby pip » Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:08 pm

I don't think the term novel is correct for toilet paper :roll:
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Re: The future of the novel under the spotlight

Postby Tonyblack » Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:50 pm

There's a long tradition of such books that captivate, titilate and then vanish without a trace. Take Valley of the Dolls as an example, or anything by the likes of Jackie Collins. I doubt whether these books pose a serious threat to novels. :)
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Re: The future of the novel under the spotlight

Postby pip » Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:57 pm

And they are a long way off being the best selling books . Harry Potter sold at least 450 million while these have somehow stretched to 40 million. A long way to go there and yet people keep pointing out that its outsold the series . Thats less than 10% of the way there and the HP figure doesn't include Ebooks :roll:
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Re: The future of the novel under the spotlight

Postby raisindot » Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:30 pm

You're all just jealous that you didn't write it. Hell, I know I am. :D
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Re: The future of the novel under the spotlight

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:06 pm

I don't think she gives a monkey's what people say about it, she's laughing all the way to the bank. :|
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Re: The future of the novel under the spotlight

Postby RedOrangeGate » Sun Aug 26, 2012 5:45 pm

It's just a modern "romantic" novel with bondage. I read a sample to see what the fuss was about, honestly i still dont get it, the writing was so dull. However, I don't think other writers need worry too much. Books have never before been so accessible.
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