Monday, March 29, 2010

The Age of the Novel is Over?

Today, I came across a write-up of an author's appearance at a bookstore, discussing whether or not novels are still relevant to society and whether or not they will remain.  The author: David Shields.  The Book: Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

Shields' novel attempts to deliver a message to authors and readers alike: In order for literature to progress into the 21st century, it is necessary to rethink traditional forms, genres and styles by essentially blurring the line between fiction and nonfiction.

A lot of the books we have been reviewing that have emerged in the last couple of decades seem to fit into this category: The Things They Carried, In the Time of the Butterflies, Marie Antoinette, etc.  What do you think about Shields' assertion?

Do novels need to become more history-based in order to live on?