A Step-by-Step Guide to as a general rule really great novels contain
This rule is somewhat applicable to most types of fiction and non-fiction. All good fiction contains something about the human condition that is compelling enough to keep you reading beyond the first page. Sometimes the main character is a mess, sometimes the plot is a struggle, other times it’s just a great story and the ending is satisfying.
I think it’s pretty safe to say that if you ever start reading a great novel and the first page seems to be just a list of names and dates, you’re probably going to be pretty disappointed. That being said, there are also good books that are just a little bit too bland for general reading. Some of these are just bad books, some are just bad prose, and some are just really bad writing.
I’m not going to go into detail about just the two examples I just gave, but there is one other example that I want to mention. In the movie version of the book, the ending of the book is really unsatisfying because the entire book is just a list of names and dates. I think it would be a good idea to just read the book, but then have the author take away the ending from the book and just write a summary of what happened in the book.
There are a number of books out there that are just awful. For example, The Great Gatsby has this ridiculous ending that will have readers tearing their hair out. The writer probably thought that readers would be too busy with the book to care, but I think that the end of the book was a big mistake. If I had to choose one book that I think is just horrible, it would be The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
The general rule about “as a general rule” is so obvious that I’ll be able to get right to it: The Unbearable Lightness of Being. The main character, Gatsby, is a man who just can’t stop himself from wanting things. He wants to be rich. He wants to be famous. He wants anything he has no control over, but he can’t seem to seem to stop himself from wanting it.
It’s like this for most writers of any genre. Many writers are just so happy when they get to the end of their stories. They can’t wait to see the ending, and they’re in love with it. When they’ve finished writing it, or when their editor tells them their story is basically over, they just can’t wait to see the happy ending.
For me, that is true of both writers and artists. I’m a very self-obsessed human being. I know I have a lot of personality flaws, and I am going to complain about some of them now and then. I know I have a lot of self-centeredness issues.
But really great literature also contains great ideas, and one of the best things about them is that you often dont notice how little you know until youve read them. If you cant remember something, it doesnt matter.
I can’t take away from this, but it really is true. I’ve read a lot (mostly) in the last year and a half, I’ve been on this site and have been reading for a very long time. And I’ve been thinking a lot.
I see a lot of great books that are completely unknown to me. So I feel like Ive been reading a lot more of these books than I probably should.