No, really?

I have a pet peeve, and I’m wondering if it bothers anyone else. Does it ever irritate you when a publisher puts “A Novel” on the cover of… well… a novel? Like, “Oh, thank heavens, I would have mistaken it for a cookbook that had been mistakenly shelved here in the fiction section if it weren’t for that thoughtful note.” It’s kind of like when a store adds “-pe” to “shop,” just in case nobody could figure out it was supposed to be quaint.

It’s just me, isn’t it?

6 Responses to No, really?

  1. I’m going to start signing all of my correspondence with, “A Novel.”

    – Kevin Melrose
    A Novel

  2. davidpwelsh says:

    I’m going to be watching Blog@ like a hawk for this, Kevin. LIKE. A. HAWK.

  3. davidpwelsh says:

    Thanks for the link, Tina! I guess I can kind of see the usefulness when someone is taking a real-life figure and fictionalizing their experiences (like everyone seems to do with Jane Austen) for their own purposes, and your point over at SB-TB about graphic novel publishers who’ve extended into prose makes sense too.

    But sometimes it just seems really, really precious to me. Much as I love mysteries, it bugs me when I’m informed that it’s “A Mystery.” (It doesn’t bother me when they add a sleuth identifier, like “An Amelia Peabody Mystery,” especially when the author has multiple franchises in play. But that seems different.)

  4. Rose says:

    I thought I’d blogged about this ages ago because it drives me crazy, but I actually cited an example that (while it still annoyed me) I could understand and used it as yet another way to knock Blankets. But I agree with your post and with the hawky devotion to Blog@ star Kevin Melrose: A Novel.

  5. Jogos says:

    that makes me upset too

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