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    'Pastoralia' by George Saunders is one of my favorite novels.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: novel 
     
    By delivering experience, novels can alter the stance we adopt toward news - not much, I'm sure, but they can make it a little more difficult for us to consign "other people" to our tidy boxes. Widening our imaginative life might - it's not hard to imagine - also develop our ability to contemplate counterfactuals and our capacity to speculate about how things might differ from how they're being represented.
    — Zia Haider Rahman
    The difference does not lie in the things that news does that novels do not do, but in the things that novels do that news cannot do. In other words, this basic technique of news - just one among many - is something a novel can use, but a novel can deploy a multitude of other techniques also. Novels are not bound by the rules of reportage. Far from it. They're predicated on delivering experience.
    — Zia Haider Rahman
    tags: experience  lies  rules  novel 
     
    Novels need readers of a certain kind, people who are patient and enjoy immersing themselves in another perspective for uninterrupted stretches of time. Reading habits might well be changing. People who pay for novels might overlap significantly with those who engage in Twitter and Facebook.
    — Zia Haider Rahman
    Listening to people discussing a novel can be very interesting, if you've read whatever novel is being discussed. No one, it seems, ever says, "This is a great book but I didn't like it." Taking a little time to think about why this might be has been very liberating.
    — Zia Haider Rahman
    tags: time  people  listening  novel  book  read 
     
    There are hours when I must force the novel out of my mind and be interested in the children.
    — Zane Grey
    tags: children  child  mind  novel 
     
    Today I began the novel that I determined to be great.
    — Zane Grey
    tags: novel 
     
    Every once in a while I feel the tremendous force of the novel. But it does not stay with me.
    — Zane Grey
    tags: novel 
     
    I read graphic novels, here and there, but I'm not a comic book guy, as much.
    — Zachary Levi
    tags: novel  book  read 
     
    All my life I have been acutely aware of a contradiction in the very nature of my existence. For forty-five years I struggled to resolve this dilemma by writing plays and novels. The more I wrote, the more I realized mere words were not enough. So I found another form of expression.
    — Yukio Mishima
    Novels are food for the leftover hours of life, the in-between times, the moments of waiting.
    — Young-Ha Kim
    tags: time  food  moment  novel 
     
    A novel, basically, is writing one sentence - then, without violating the scope of the first one, writing the next sentence.
    — Young-Ha Kim
    tags: novel  writing 
     
    What I think is the most important thing to learn about any instrument is the basics of music. Learn your ABCs before you write a Hemingway novel.
    — Yngwie Malmsteen
    tags: music  learn  novel  write 
     
    Your characters are always your children. And while you are writing, you're keeping them safe. Now they're ready to go into the world and it's sad. I'm happy with the way the novel came out but all the characters' ending really saddened me.
    — Yiyun Li
    One easy mistake to make with the first novel is to expand the short story. Some things are better as a story; you cannot dilute things into a novel. I think the first hundred pages of a novel are very important. That's where you set things up: the world, the characters. Once you've set that up, it'll be much easier.
    — Yiyun Li
    In adopting the form of the adventure novel, Wells deepened it, raised its intellectual value, and brought into it elements of social philosophy and science. In his own field - though, of course, on a proportionately lesser scale - Wells may be likened to Dostoyevsky, who took the form of the cheap detective novel and infused it with brilliant psychological analysis.
    — Yevgeny Zamyatin
    To reflect the entire spectrum, the dynamics of the adventure novel must be invested with a philosophic synthesis of one kind or another.
    — Yevgeny Zamyatin
    tags: adventure  novel 
     
    I wonder what the retirement age is in the novel business. The day you die.
    — Yasunari Kawabata
    tags: age  wonder  die  novel  business 
     
    If you study your own struggles, the struggles of others, even in movies or novels you'll see the root of all their suffering is always attachments
    — Yasmin Mogahed
    Somehow, in the novel format, I don't really like to do upfront, ideological discussion. In my heart, literature remains a poetic and ambiguous medium. On the other hand, I trained as a documentary filmmaker in film school, so my films very much reflect reality and socio-political problems. They're less subtle I would say.
    — Xiaolu Guo
    Im a big fan of martial arts films, novels and radio programs.
    — Wong Kar-wai
    tags: film  novel 
     
    I think the martial arts tradition has a big influence on our generation - we all read these novels when we were very young.
    — Wong Kar-wai
    tags: young  influence  novel  read 
     
    The novel, for me, was an accident. I really don't consider myself a novelist.
    — Wole Soyinka
    tags: novel 
     
    I've read the Bible. I think the Bible's a great book, but it's a novel. It's beautifully written and la-di-da, but people really took it the wrong way.
    — Winona Ryder
    tags: people  wrong  bible  novel  book  read 
     
    The reason I never wrote a novel is that I don't have what it takes to write characters, so they would all be talking differently. I lack that ability. If I were writing, they would all talk like me, and that's no good.
    — Wim Wenders
    There're no novels that I like to read so I write my own novels, and then I read them again, and it's the best thing.
    — Willow Smith
    tags: novel  write  read 
     
    I would much rather not be the center of attention, and I'd much rather travel and be writing my novel, rather than standing on a stage and trying to get people to understand something.
    — Willis Earl Beal
    Editors seek out the first novels with the seductiveness of Don Juans; the pleasure of discovery is one of the obvious reasons.
    — William Targ
    Repeated reflection and inquiry have led me to the somewhat novel opinion, that value depends entirely upon utility.
    — William Stanley Jevons
    I could get a better education interviewing John Steinbeck than talking to an English professor about novels.
    — William Safire
    tags: education  novel 
     
    Are there any mythical beasts which aren't simple pastiches of nature? Centaurs, minotaurs, unicorns, griffons, chimeras, sphinxes, manticores, and the like don't speak well for the human imagination. None is as novel as a kangaroo or starfish.
    — William Poundstone
    tags: human  novel  imagination 
     
    As it can be maintained that all the great advances have come from men under forty, so the history of the world shows that a very large proportion of the evils may be traced to the sexagenarians, nearly all the great mistakes politically and socially, all of the worst poems, most of the bad pictures, a majority of the bad novels and not a few of the bad sermons and speeches.
    — William Osler
    tags: evil  men  world  mistakes  bad  speech  novel  poem  majority 
     
    Motion pictures are of course a different medium of expression than the public speech, the radio, the stage, the novel, or the magazine. But the First Amendment draws no distinction between the various methods of communicating ideas.
    — William O. Douglas
    tags: speech  media  novel  ideas 
     
    When I began to write seriously, 40 years ago now, my chosen form was the novel.
    — William Nicholson
    tags: novel  write  year 
     
    Madly, futilely, I wrote novel after novel, eight in all, that failed to find a publisher. I persisted because for me the novel was the supreme literary form: not just one among many, not a relic of the past, but the way we communicate to one another the subtlest truths about this business of living.
    — William Nicholson
    tags: truth  living  past  novel  business 
     
    Everyone deserves to be the hero of a novel.
    — William Nicholson
    tags: hero  novel 
     
    I have a library room with four desks in it. On one of them is a spec, on one of them is a present work, on one of them is reading for a future work, on another desk is a novel I'm not doing until I'm a hundred and fifty, and things like that. But, contractually speaking, you just do one at a time when it's on and paid and live. You do your real day on one project and the rest is just literary life. Or intrusions.
    — William Monahan
    tags: time  work  live  future  present  real  novel  reading  library 
     
    I have a lot of stuff that I never published because I always had a sense that novels were not finally going to be the way I made my living, because the form was dying commercially.
    — William Monahan
    tags: living  dying  novel 
     
    Doing crime films...maybe it's to some extent a matter of taste. Certainly my first novel had a criminal element and was about the similarity of criminals and artists. Pretextually, it was sort of a money bag thriller. But it was aggressively not what it seemed to be. It was kind of Duchamps.
    — William Monahan
    If I can give a young author any advice, whatsoever, never let anyone announce the film sale of your first novel. Film rights are sold to almost every novel, but it shouldn't be the lead story in your first engagement with the press. Then you end up getting reviews like "a novel made for the screen" and things like that.
    — William Monahan
    tags: advice  young  right  film  novel  stories  author 
     
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