Discussion What Makes a Good Novel?

Discussion in 'Novel General' started by Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi, Nov 5, 2021.

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Tittle Says It All~

  1. Steady Pacing

    15 vote(s)
    65.2%
  2. Overpowering Badass Mc

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    13.0%
  3. Unique Characters

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    56.5%
  4. Dense Characters

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  5. Comedic Setting

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    21.7%
  6. Lovey-Dovey Fluff Haven

    2 vote(s)
    8.7%
  7. All of the Above

    5 vote(s)
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  1. Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi

    Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi Somewhat a Member, Female, 15

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    There is a lot of novels on NU, some are good and some are bad, most of which we can't agree upon. So what makes a novel good in your own opinion?
     
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  2. Miku

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    Tragedies, male/female lead death, depression, hopelessness.

    I like bittersweet ending. I like that the MC picked up herself/himself after losing hope, losing something precious to them. I particularly like someone who is in progress to move on, processing everything that happened.
     
  3. BigBadBoi

    BigBadBoi Well-Known Member

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    Plot doesn't matter if you write good characters and character interactions. Not saying you can't have both but how characters are written are more important. You don't need melodramatic bullshit to catch people's interest if you have great characters in the story.
     
  4. Blank-1

    Blank-1 Fantasy-holic

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    There’s so many for a novel to become good, like characters/setting/plot/etc…
    Really, it’s just got to have a strong point or two, and not really have glaring weakpoints. (Though this is easier said than done)
     
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  5. Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi

    Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi Somewhat a Member, Female, 15

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    Those are nice~
    Oh, so could you read an entire novel of just surperb characters talking?
     
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    Blank-1 Fantasy-holic

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    Though considering my personal taste. I prefer unique characters, and character interactions that feel realistic.
     
  7. Cutter Masterson

    Cutter Masterson Well-Known Super-Soldier

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    Your right. We all like what we like, but I have jump genre because a friend suggested it. I have to admit. I am thankful for the experience. My go to is more sci fi/ fantasy, but I’ve dabbled in others like romance or thrillers. Before Jack Reacher became a movie. I was recommended to read “Killing Floor”. Good book. Before Jurassic Park movie. I was recommended to read it. It’s way better than the movie.
    What makes a good novel. Let’s name the stars in the skies. Their are so many reason a novel is good. Than again you probably find more bad reasons than good in any novel. Lol.
    For the examples I mentioned. I guess it’s because they surprised me with their depth of the event. It’s not too precise, but enough info for a normal person to understand. I guess what makes a novel good. Is the momentum. Stories like most stories. Start off slow and buildup. Many authors can sort of do this. Some can’t. But the real storytellers. Your always on edge wanting more. Just to gage a novel. Did they do a good cliffhanger? Now that’s the benchmark. You should be measuring your novels by. Just a suggestion
     
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  8. Mr. Tired

    Mr. Tired Headpat Addict

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    Without thinking about people's/my own tastes in novels: what generally makes a novel good would definitely be the pacing of a story with the plot being explained and planned accordingly, well-written characters with depth, and also the relatability in some characters and/or themes.

    I believe people like having a character or scenario they can understand & relate to on a certain level, and it makes the story more *can't think of the word* tsk...
    But anyway, it makes it more likable in the long run.
    I have a better word and explanation for what I'm trying to say but can't think of it, maybe someone else will have the same idea and would explain it better. :blob_catflip:
     
  9. BigBadBoi

    BigBadBoi Well-Known Member

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    What I'm saying is that the plot can be generic as hell for all I care if the characters are great.
     
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  10. Lissi

    Lissi 『Queen of Lissidom』『Holy Chibi』『Western Birdy』『⚓』

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    Good plot, heartwrenching angst, fabulous schemes/plots, smile-worthy cuteness, or satisfying endings
     
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  11. UnGrave

    UnGrave ななひ~^^

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    A good novel is one that can provoke thought from me for an extended period of time. This can be either due to an interesting situation being brought up, some fun information, or perhaps it's just immersive enough for me to forget myself entirely and think I'm the characters in the story.
     
  12. Enigma

    Enigma [Yandere lover][innocent][harem lover]

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    unique characters that can keep one engaged in the story.

    world building can also help to add depth and makes me think more about the novel in general.
     
  13. Bad Company

    Bad Company Phantom of flesh and fantasy

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    Probably looking for engaging, captivating, or engrossing

    A good novel for me is one you can read and enjoy more the second time you read it.
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  14. Eccentricstate

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    For me, it’s a combination of interesting, complex characters, fun/intriguing plot, and steady pacing. Generally, if one is missing, it can still be a good book. But two? Forget about it.

    An intriguing plot can be ruined by one dimensional characters and inconsistent pacing.
    Great characters can be ruined by an awful/nonsensical plot.

    It’s the balance of these three things that create good novels.
     
  15. Resplendor

    Resplendor High Lord of Souls

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    My top three are:
    Comedy (Make me smile)
    Pathos (Make me cry)
    Solid plot (Don't break my immersion)

    These three done well makes a mediocre story good; Done very well makes it excellent.
    The characters could be the trope-iest cutouts ever, the setting could be practically non-existent, but make me cry, laugh, and have a solid problem-build up-conclusion and you probably have me hooked.
     
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  16. aShinyVaporeon

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    Well, all that matters is that it makes for an interesting or enjoyable read. I don't have any strict requirements for that, but in general it's better for characters, plot, and world to be predictable enough that it has rules and doesn't break them, but not so predictable that there's no excitement in reading. The pacing can't be so slow that it's a chore to read, but it can't be so fast the gratification wears out and it breaks the immersion.

    It also should have satisfying (or funny) moments, whether it's the protagonist experiencing success, the villain getting their karma, the couple becoming official, or seeing it all come together. It should also have a proper ending that gives a sense of closure. And a certain degree of realism and novelty in characters, as well as worldbuilding, really helps make the story more interesting and immersive.

    Most people can agree with all these requirements, but I personally can read very slow-paced novels so long as the worldbuilding and characters (or even just the worldbuilding!) is/are done well. Of course, I also read a lot of fast-paced novels with cliched gratification tropes, but I'm a bit more lenient on pace for novels with worldbuilding. It also depends a lot on my mood, I guess. I go through phases where I like certain types of novels.
     
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    imo it doesnt matter if the premise is generic or whatnot because as long as the author manages to skillfully execute the intended plot and be consistent on its quality throughout its run, i'll probably be satisfied enough
     
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    AliceShiki 『Ms. Tree』『Magical Girl of Love and Justice』

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    Good characters mostly~

    As long as I like the characters, I can usually like the novel for as long as I don't hate its base premise~
     
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    Agentt Loves cats and pats and my wife

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    Being written by me
     
  20. Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi

    Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi Somewhat a Member, Female, 15

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