All Your Burning Literature Questions, Answered

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You love to read. You’re an avid reader, and you’ve spent hours upon hours of your life immersed in fantastic worlds and new personalities. Chances are, you have some burning literary questions that have gone unanswered in the years that you’ve been reading. You need some closure!

Whether it’s when they’re closed on Sundays or what the best place to buy books for birthed synonym is or why one book is called a “classic,” we’ve got everything covered for you so that your worries are put to rest once and for all.

1. The best place to buy books?

Let’s start with the classic literary question. The best place to buy books is… a bookstore! But, if you’re looking for something more specific, try Amazon.com , Barnes & Noble , or even your local library!

2. How many pages are there in War and Peace?

You might have seen the book around, but you’ve never had time to take a look inside the intimidating pages. Just for you, here are a few statistics about the length of War and Peace . The book contains roughly 8,400 pages. In comparison, the shortest novel ever written was Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye , which is only 496 pages long.

3. Why do most novels have a happy ending?

The answer to this question is actually pretty simple and easy to remember. A happy ending is the easiest approach to writing a novel because it makes the story easier to relate to. If your reader knows what’s going to happen at the end of your book, there’s less need for them to put in as much effort as they would have before they learned what will happen next.

4. What’s the most popular book of all time?

Although there are a lot of books that hold this title, one book has stood the test of time. The Bible , more commonly referred to as the Holy Bible, is by far the most read book in the world. Although it’s often regarded as a religious text instead of an actual literary work, it’s still read more than any other book on Earth.

5. What is a “classic” book?

A classic is basically any work of fiction that has been around for a long enough time for people to consider it “timeless.” There is no set time frame that qualifies a book as a classic, and there are even some books that have become classics after they were originally written.

6. Why are so many novels categorized as “romance novels”?

If you love reading about romance, you’re in luck! A good portion of the books on the shelves in your local bookstore will likely be categorized as “romance novels.” However, what makes something a romance novel? The simple answer is that it needs to contain elements of romantic love. Great examples of romance novels include Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

7. Why are so many books called “romance novels”?

One part of the reason why so many books in your local bookstore are sold as romance novels is because it’s a very popular genre. Romance novels have been around for a long time, and they have become increasingly popular as of late. If you feel like you hate reading, try switching to a more “escapist” genre.

8. How many books are there in the Bible?

The contents of the Bible , or at least, its basic outlines, have been around for a long time. There are about 74 books in the New Testament and about 6,000 verses in the Old Testament. The content is definitely a lot more vast than you might think.

9. How do you keep track of all the characters in a story?

Your problem is solved. There are several ways for you to keep track of characters within your book, but most often than not it’s done via a character’s name, role in the book and profession. For example, you can use a character’s name to tell you how many people are like them on your school’s basketball team or to know whether or not someone is interested in karate.

10. Why do books have so many words?

Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer to this question. According to Lise Friedman of  The New York Times , as early as 2,000 B.C. the Egyptians began to write down everything they could remember. And now, with today’s technology and instant communication, we seem to be writing more than ever before.

11. Isn’t there a limit on how many words your book can have?

Not necessarily! According to Lise Friedman of  The New York Times , the number of words you include in your book isn’t limited by anything except that it must be readable. Sometimes authors put restrictions on how many words they can use because they feel that this will create a more appealing story, but others choose to put restrictions on themselves because they know how important it is to keep their work interesting (which is definitely something you should consider.)

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