3 Forms of Literature

Lately I have been learning about all the different types of literature, and so today I’m going to be telling you about 3 of them. The first one that I am writing about will be Novels, the second, short stories, and then the third and final will be Novellas.

 

#1. Novels

Novels are one of the most popular form of literature around. The definition is “a long prose narrative that describes fictional characters and events usually in the form of a sequential story”.  (If you don’t know what prose means, it is a “written or spoken language in its ordinary form without metrical structure”).  So, in other words, a novel is a book that is written in normal, every-day, language.  Some famous novels are Huck Finn, by Mark Twain, To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgeson Burnett.

 

#2. Short Stories

Short stories are also written in Prose, “making use of plot, resonance, and other dynamic components to a far greater degree than is typical of an anecdote, but far lesser than a novel”.  Short stories are not a certain word length, yet they are not super long.  Definitely shorter than a Novel, but longer than an Anecdote.  Some popular short stories are Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry, Rip Van Winkle, by Washington Irving, and The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, by Mark Twain.

 

#3 Novellas

A novella is kind of like the bridge between a novel and a short story. It has fewer conflicts than a novel, but more complicated ones than a short story.  Some examples of Novellas are A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, The Old man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway, and War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells.

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