What do you think makes a novel good/successful?

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Corey The Goofyhawk Profile
Corey The Goofyhawk , Epic has no limit, answered

I like to see characters that I can identify with and are well drawn out. I also like to see a well defined plot. I've read a few books where it felt like they left something out of the plot or failed to explain part of the plot. Example: A man finishes the best bank heist ever accomplished. His accomplice mentions that the main character has inadvertently gotten on camera. The main character gets out without getting caught or identified. What happened to getting on the camera? 

This is a fictional example to show what I mean. I hate a plot that doesn't cover all angles. Best of luck to you!


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Didge Doo answered

Fascinating characters, a great plot, original ideas, and humour. Put 'em into a pot, stir gently while bringing to the boil,  But above all the characters make the story.

Cecil B. De Mille once said that the formula for making a great movie was to start with an earthquake and build up to a climax. The same can apply to a book. Ya gotta keep it moving.

Ruby Christensen Profile

I definitely love it when a book surprises me or catches me off guard.

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The ability to grab the readers attention, lock on and hold it through the end. Reader's enjoy feeling involved in what their reading, feeling captivated makes folks not want to put the book down. If it's a series, creating spin-offs of various characters that were favorites in the original, might help to carry the series through while keeping reader's intrested in reading more.

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