Sam Moore

Film and Theatre graduate, Jack of all trades (and master of some).

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Is the novel dead?

In the wake of postmodernism, especially in America, from Don DeLilo to David Foster Wallace to Mark Z. Danielewski, the traditional novel appears to be dying. The question is, has it died? If not, why not, and what makes the novel the novel and what keeps it alive?

  • I would not have said that the novel was even close to dead. I haven't seen any sort of sign that novels are on their way out, but that's my perspective. I'm curious: What makes you say that the novel is dead? What do you even mean by dead? – OddballGentleman 1 year ago
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  • I agree with OddballGentleman. If you were to write this topic, I'd suggest maybe talking about the reasons why you think novels are dying/dead. Does it have to do with other forms of entertainment (ex: film, tv)? What have you read/seen that makes you ask this question? – kcutler 1 year ago
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  • I definitely don't think the novel is, or ever will be, dead. What is probably on the way out is the printed word which could be just as sad. – Catherine Conte 1 year ago
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The idea of viewers being desensitized to sexual violence is an interesting one, especially with HBO shows that often use violence and sex both for plot and thematic exploration, but even more so with Game of Thrones. To my mind, GoT is a show that relies on shock value, and the structure of its seasons like “episode nine has a major character death” or “episode 10 uses magic” and the problem to my mind seems to be that they’re running out of characters to kill and so sexual violence becomes the way to shock viewers now that they’re running out of potential for character deaths.

Sexual Assault in HBO's Game of Thrones

Nonfictions books on writing are always tough for me to stomach, often because it seems people that write them have rarely written anything else. One thing that might be interesting is a list of fiction books that reflect stages of the writing process.

Essential Books for Writers

I agree with some of this, and given the abstraction of writer’s block, the actual finding of inspiration is a strange thing to quantify, and the time being now seems difficult given that inspiration is quite fleeting more often than not. More often than not for me it tends to be that I either have the inspiration for the idea, but no motivation to write it, or motivation to write something but no inspiration for any ideas I’m currently working on. Anybody else deal with that sort of strange writing pendulum?

Attention Writers: The Myth of Writer's Block