The novel stands at the high end of narrative length, usually denoting any work of fiction 50,000 words or over. While there are more specific definitions for shorter works (novella, novelette, etc.) there is no differentiation between books like Mrs. Dalloway and War and Peace, though the latter is almost ten times longer than the former. At least there was no differentiation, until now:
|Novelette||7,500 – 20,000|
|Novella||20,000 - 50,000|
|Noveli||50,000 - 100,000|
|Novel||100,000 - 200,000|
|Übernovel||200,000 - 500,000|
|Decanovel||500,000 - 1,000,000|
1,000,000 and over
How did I come up with this naming system? It's actually quite simple:
- I set the "standard" novel length at between 100-200k, mostly because it seemed to be a good point in the middle, and probably the most common length.
- Following the already established novelette-novella-novel sequence, I added Noveli to denote a work between a novel and a novella (I also considered Novello, but it seemed too masculine, while Noveli is more neutral, and successfully evokes something smaller than a novel and bigger than a novella)
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