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Grimm, Top 10

Top 10: Not Just Prose

13.07.09 | Comment?

If you’re going to write a novel, consider using formats other than the usual bog-standard prose, like, for example:

  1. Violence 101, Denis Wright (letters)
  2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky (letters – general fiction collection)
  3. Dracula, Bram Stoker (letters, also diaries and newspaper articles)
  4. The Color Purple, Alice Walker (letters and diary entries)
  5. I Heart You, You Haunt Me, Lisa Schroeder (verse, as in poetry)
  6. Hugging the rock, Susan Taylor Brown (verse)
  7. The apprentice’s masterpiece: a story of medieval Spain, Melanie Little (verse)
  8. Ttfn, Ttyl, L8r G8r (Internet Girls), Lauren Myracle (instant messaging)
  9. Something to Blog About, Shana Norris (blog)
  10. Dear everybody: a novel written in the form of letters, diary entries, encyclopedia entries, conversations with various people, notes sent home from teachers, newspaper articles, psychological evaluations, weather reports, a missing person flyer, a eulogy, a last will and testament, and other fragments, which taken together tell the story of the short life of Jonathon Bender, weatherman, by Michael Kimball (see title! – general fiction collection)

Other famous epistolary novels include Clarissa by Samuel Richardson (1749), The Screwtape Letters by C S Lewis (1942) and Lemony Snicket: the Unauthorized Autobiography, by Lemony Snicket (2002).


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