Quantifying the Weepy Bestseller

Are commercial novels really more sentimental than literary fiction? NovelTM members Andrew Piper and Richard Jean So consider this question in a recently published article in the New Republic: If you want to be a great writer, should you withhold your sentimental tendencies? The answer for most critics and writers seems to be yes. Sentimentality…

Matthew Jockers: Six Basic Plots of Fiction

NovelTM member Matthew Jockers has received a lot of attention this week for his data-backed claim that there exist six (sometimes seven) archetypal plot shapes in fiction. On February 3rd, Motherboard featured Jockers’ research, followed by an article in the Paris Review on February 4th, and on February 5th, he was trending at number forty-one…