TCWT Blog Chain Post

Okay, here we go again. Before I start, I have to say I:

A: forgot about this until a day or two before I had to go

B: Really had no idea what the topic was about. I just kinda went with it.

So…. yeah. We’ll see how well this turns out.

The prompt this month was:

“What are your thoughts on reading or writing books in non-novel formats? Are there any you’ve particularly enjoyed?”  

First of all, what is a non-novel format?

It’s pretty much exactly what the name implies; it’s a book/story/etc written not in the standard format of sentence-paragraph-chapter-book, but in a different style/release format. It could be a serialized book: parts of a book that come out periodically, or it could be something like a diary. It’s really an expansive genre.

I haven’t actually written any non-novel formatted books; I’m rather partial to my paragraphs and chapters. However, I have read more than I thought I had at the beginning of this post.

Serialized Novels:

Serialized novels are novels that are released in parts; for example, a chapter gets released in a magazine/newspaper every other week. Several of today’s “classics” are serialized novels: Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers and Great Expectations, Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina were all released periodically.

Of course, in our modern world’s society where (almost) everyone is dependent on the internet, you can’t think that people won’t use the interconnectivity of the internet to inject their writing into the web, where it comes to rest on the screens of people all over the world, waiting to be devoured. Websites and online communities have been built around this fact; FanFiction, WattPad, Figment, to name a few. Writers put up their work, and the online audience reads and comments on it.

One of my personal favourites in this category is the Narnia (duh) FanFic A Rabbit Hearted Girl by Slenderstell. I LOVED it so much. the link is here.


For me, I read the Dear Canada series (comparable to the Dear America series for those of you on the south side of the border) where fictional girls write about their experiences in real-life events in Canadian history. For example, I remember reading one about a Chinese girl who immigrated to Canada with her father, and he was working to raise money to bring the rest of their family over. There was another written by a Native girl, who describes the white men coming to her land. Or another about the Halifax explosion in 1917. One that I remember distinctly, though not the title or what it was about, but that there was a stain on the paper because the girl writing it spilled applesauce or jam or something on it. I remember thinking that that was so cool; I’d never seen something like that before.

However, another possible example of this, though maybe slightly more novel-like, is the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, about a middle-schooler who is really kind of clueless. He does go through many things that middle-schoolers today go through; bullying, questions on popularity and girls, etc.


People will also publish a book of poems, where the poem on one side of the page may very well have nothing to do with the one on the next side. for example, poet Shel Silverstein has produced several books of poems, which have become quite popular. Some of his books are: Falling Up, Where the Sidewalk Ends, and A Light in the Attic.

What do you think of non-novel books? Could things like collections of comic books be considered part of this genre?

Hope you enjoyed this!


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6 thoughts on “TCWT Blog Chain Post

  1. Great post! (And great recommendations, too. I love that you recommend fanfiction.) Non-novel books are interesting, though most of the time, I like to stick with the traditional format. Unless it’s web-based, like you said, and then I suppose I can say I’m a bit of a masochist and like the wait-induced torture of serialized novels (with the condition they will definitely be finished, because I think one of the worst feelings in the world is when you absolutely adore the story and the author says that he/she has lost interest 😥 ).


    • I absolutely agree. When you finally find a story that a. has some form of proper grammar, b. has a believable plot, and c. likable characters, it does so gall when they decide they aren’t interested anymore. Unfortunately, I feel I have done this to some of my friends who have read some of my stories and loved them, and then tell them I’ve moved on to something greatly more interesting.

      (p.s. I’ve kind of been listening to a couple hours of Narnia audiobooks, so my writing is a bit affected. Kind of old fashioned possibly) 🙂


      • I’ve noticed than when I read British books, I start to use English grammar and spellings. The curse/blessing of absorbent writers! 😉

        That’s the very worst thing, isn’t it? That you loathe it when people stop the stories you love, but then *you do the same thing*, and you completely relate to the writer who stopped the story but you still want them to finish it. (I did this, too. Gah. Artists are hypocrites. 😀 )

        And then sometimes, when you want to go *back* to a story, the characters are there lurking in your head. “Oh, so you’ve come back now? Decided that we’re good enough for you after all? Well, we’re not going to be cooperative anymore! Start from scratch, and if we’re generous, we’ll give you hints on where we want to go with this.”


  2. I used to love diary-style books when I was younger. Now not as much, but I still enjoy poetry. I don’t think I like serialized works so much. Yes, I’ve posted some fan fiction and it works like that, but it allows you time to distance yourself from the writing, and that’s just a problem for me… But, you know, oh well. These are all great formats (I wasn’t even thinking about two of them) and they made me think—great choices! 🙂


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