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Old 11-17-2010, 01:38 AM
Why do some books have the words "A Novel" in the title?

This is something that has bugged me for a while. Why is it that some books include the words "A Novel" after the title?

It's just kind of annoying. That would be like calling it: Unstoppable: A Film. I mean, do they think that we don't know it's a novel? Or does putting "A Novel" give it some kind of hint of prestige? Some kind of fancy-pants, I'm-better-that-you credibility? Like "Oh, this isn't a book, it's a novel."
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Old 11-17-2010, 01:53 AM
Yeah, then you have Charles Dickens calling his novel a "tale." It's all so weird.
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Old 11-17-2010, 01:54 AM
Well, lots of books aren't novels.

But beyond that, I always thought is was just kind of a stylistic thing.
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Old 11-17-2010, 02:18 AM
^Bingo!


I mean, man this is crazy:

http://www.amazon.com/Thirteenth-Tal.../dp/0743298039
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