Novel Related Quotes



“The novel asks the question, why shouldn't a woman be as successful as a man, and what does it take to get there? And if a woman wants to have a successful career, a happy marriage, and children... what personal sacrifices does she need to make?”

Candace Bushnell


“Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel”

Jane Smiley


Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.

Marilyn Hacker


“One should be able to return to the first sentence of a novel and find the resonances of the entire work.”

Gloria Naylor


“The present era grabs everything that was ever written in order to transform it into films, TV programs; or cartoons. What is essential in a novel is precisely what can only be expressed in a novel, and so every adaptation contains nothing but the non-essential. If a person is still crazy enough to write novels nowadays and wants to protect them, he has to write them in such a way that they cannot be adapted, in other words, in such a way that they cannot be retold.”

Milan Kundera


“I hadn't read the novel Bleak House . I'd read Dickens, but not this novel. I'd read several of his great novels, though I think it's different if you read them when you're young. You appreciate the storytelling, the stand-out characters, but you don't appreciate his ability as a writer, the depth of his humanity. He writes about everything, the rich, the poor, the prisons, the law courts, the country houses, the orphans and the families. I read the script for Bleak House and I was tentative about it. I'd told the producers, 'I don't do television.' But they charmed me and I did actually read the novel. I was captivated.”

Gillian Anderson


“[Most interestingly of all, she attempts to show that the novel as a form] has a certain political coloring, because it has to have a certain organization. ... that's a statement that says, 'conformity is not the highest good.' ”

Jane Smiley


“Women want love to be a novel, men a short story.”

Daphne Du Maurier


“When you get something like MTV, it's like regular television. You get it, and at first it's novel and brand new and then you watch every channel, every show. And then you become a little more selective and more selective, until ultimately... you wind up with a radio.”

David Lee Roth


“The Outsiders: The Complete Novel”

Francis Ford Coppola