Day: June 1, 2012

How to Read Novels Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

The 23 Laws of Reading a Novel – How to Read Novels Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

In fact, this voice is reflected in the 23 Laws of Reading a Novel that are scattered throughout the pages of the book. I’ve gathered them and decided to include them here, for two reasons: my love for lists and my instinct to reread these laws every now and then. The Law of Getting Started: The opening is the first lesson in how to read the novel. The Law of Bogus Locales: Places in a work of fiction are never real but must behave as if real. The Law of Look Who’s Talking: The narrator of a fictional work is an imaginative and linguistic construct, every bit as much as the characters or events. The Law of Narrative Unreliability: Stop believing the narrator when you see the word “I.” The Law of Hearing Voices: The narrative voice in a novel is a device invented by the writer. The Law of Conservation of Characters: Thou shalt not burden the punters with needless character development. The Law of Bad Actors: We will follow the exploits of villain-heroes, …