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What is a Serial Novel Anyway?

What is a Serial Novel Anyway?

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This article gives a brief history of the serial novel.
This article gives a brief history of the serial novel.

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©2010 Michael Engelby All Rights Reserved Contact: thebullykillers@gmail.com
 
©2010 Michael Engelby All Rights Reserved Contact: thebullykillers@gmail.com
What is a Serial Novel Anyway?
By Michael Engelbyhttp://thebullykillers.comDefinition: (n)
1.
a novel, play, etc., presented in separate installments at regular intervals. ±CollinsEnglish Dictionary
I first learned about serial novels in high school while reading CharlesDickens¶s
Great Expectations.
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las, poor Pip. While reading the book Idiscovered that it had originally been published weekly in a popularmagazine and people would follow along and talk about it with their friendsand neighbors. Interesting, kind of like the sitcoms around the watercoolers.I later found out that the origins of this literary style came from acollection of Middle Eastern and Southern
A
sian stories commonly known as
 Arabian Nights
. This collection of stories has been collected by writers andscholars since the 9
th
century. The premise of the story goes something likethis, Scheherazade, the vizier¶s daughter, ends up married to a king whoexecutes his virgin brides at sunrise. So in order to keep the king fromexecuting her she tells him a story with an interesting hook, and each nightshe begins a new tale but she does not finish it thus, keeping the kingcurious and delaying her own execution for another day. This goes on for1001 Nights. Talk about your tough deadlines. Some of the stories you
 
©2010 Michael Engelby All Rights Reserved Contact: thebullykillers@gmail.com
might recognize are, ³
A
laddin¶s Wonderful Lamp,´ ³
A
li Baba and the FortyThieves,´ and my personal favorites, ³The Seven Voyages of Sinbad theSailor.´ Then in the 19
th
century writers began earning money by writingstories for popular magazines. The writers used narrative hooks andcliffhangers to keep their audiences coming back for more and many of these stories ended up becoming novels. Some of the writers who benefitedfrom this form of writing during that period were, Charles Dickens, WilkieCollins, creator of the modern detective story, Sir
A
rthur Conan Doyle, whooriginally wrote Sherlock Holmes for serialization, and Polish writer BoleslawPrus. You might even say that these writers helped to pioneer the presenceof literature in printed pop culture.With the advent of the Internet the serial has been able to keep pacewith technology by appearing on websites, blog pages, in e-zines, and evenon Twitter and Facebook. Stephen King helped to push the serial back intothe mainstream with his online serial
he Green Mile
. Now that the Internethas removed the constraints of traditional publishingwatch for many moreserials to start popping up on the web.I originally started my online serial novel
he Bully Killers
to getfeedback from readers, but it has quickly taken on a life of its own, sendingme in one direction and then another. I¶ve met some wonderful writers who

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Wow! Englesby knows his literary history. He uses Dickens and the Arabian Nights to hook us in. And I remember THE GREEN MILE too from 2000. I would like to highlight the deadline motivation mentioned in the text.
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