Following on from my last blog post on the Rise of the Novel I thought it would be interesting to take a closer look at the difference in style the Novel as a genre opened up. Prior to the novel as we now know it the Romance novel with its idealist, episodic and epic nature was the popular form of fiction. The Romance novel was largely read by women and so because of that, when the novel and its more realistic portrayal of life and individual experience came along, British high society struggled to take it seriously. In comparison to History and Philosophy the novel was looked down upon and so because of that writers attempted to justify their works morally. The educational/ moral tale was introduced and from that, life was presented as close to reality as possible and the reader was encouraged to learn from the characters mistakes. So what does this have to do with the technology revolution now? We also have to break away from certain conventions in order to establish our present day realities in our works.
My aim with this blog post is not however to go into detail about the origins of the novel. Instead it is to draw parallels between the literary and print revolution that took place between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and highlight the fact that we are living in equally as exciting times! With the rise of technology and the internet, the form of the novel is changing. As I highlighted in my previous post, the internet means that writers are less restricted by form and more able to experiment with their writing styles.
I was thinking this morning about works I am editing at the moment and had to seriously take some time out to think about the editing process. You see I am now playing with the idea of setting myself apart by coming up with my own spelling and grammar system. At the moment spelling and grammar is the largest noose ‘the gate keepers’ have on my works (well and any works for the matter). I am increasingly obsessing over the authenticity of the voice, and by having my poems and stories top and tailed with universal grammar conventions adds this editorial gleam that to be frank can at times take away from what I am trying to create. Just like the grand fathers of the British novel Defoe and Richardson who had to take a step out to show that stories had to be written in certain ways in order to realistically re – present life, I also believe that we should all try and establish unique voices. Placing the comma where it HAS to be limits that don’t you think?