What do you think makes a successful novel?
What does a successful novel mean to you? Is it how well it does sales wise, or is a successful novel because you enjoy it?
There are two ways to look at success in a novel, and for me they are both just as important as the other.
Sometimes successful novels that sell well are not always successful novels in other ways. For example, there’s sometimes always the negative connotation that successful popular literature is not successful in the writing department. This is not always necessarily true, but for some, it is not a successful novel to them.
In another sense, a successful novel might not be as popular as some, but is successful in drawing in a reader and is written successfully.
Success within writing is always a matter of personal opinion, and how you understand an authors writing. It’s how you relate to the way the author writes. For example, I personally, really enjoy Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking trilogy, but when I’ve recommended it to people, they have not enjoyed it as much as I have due to the writing style of the book. For me, the novel was a success, for others, they might not agree.
What is your interpretation of success? How do you value a successful novel?
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