Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicPolls & Surveys · 1 decade ago

What's the difference between a novel and a book?

30 Answers

Relevance
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Novel relates to fiction books. A book could be a novel however a book could be anything written which is bound such as a play, or non-fiction like Computer books. This being said using jargon a "novel" is usually a comic reference to any large book with many pages and chapters. Novel has many different meaning not associate with book and book has many different meanings not associate with novel. Example: something unusual is something novel or being booked does not mean being hit with a book it does mean being charged formally.

    • Login to reply the answers
  • Meien
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    I work in a bookstore and I should know this. lol I think it is just a fictional book as compared to a series which is a fictional story written in more than one book.

    Make sense?

    Novel = 1 story in 1 book

    Series = 1 story continuted in 2 or more

    *ok cheated and looked it up...

    Novel = a fictitious prose narrative of considerable length and complexity, portraying characters and usually presenting a sequential organization of action and scenes.

    Whereas a book is more generalized and can mean any book whether short, long, fiction, or non-fiction.

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 1 decade ago

    A novel is a work of fiction, a book is any bound volume of pages.

    So a novel is a book but a book is not necessarily a novel!

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 1 decade ago

    A book can be many different types. While a novel is a fictional story book.

    • Login to reply the answers
  • How do you think about the answers? You can sign in to vote the answer.
  • 1 decade ago

    Books include anything that resembles a book, including encyclopedias, text books, manuals, and such. A novel is a specific type of book, a literature book. The interesting one is the "graphic novel." It's full of pictures, like a comic book, but typically longer, and I suppose the novel part is the heavy investment in plot/story driven writing.

    • Login to reply the answers
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There isn't a difference, a novel is a kind of book. Usually a longer work of fiction (so not a short story or a children's book).

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 1 decade ago

    A novel is a type of book.

    Def of novel: an invented (read: FICTION) prose narrative that is usually long and complex and deals especially with human experience through a usually connected sequence of events

    There are many diff types of BOOKS (biography, short-story, poetry, reference, etc.). A novel is one of these.

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 1 decade ago

    Generally speaking, a "book" is a set of pages bound together, which, combined, form an entity that one may read for pleasure or education (or both!). Of course, it has also been known to be used to level wobbly chairs and tables, as well as a weapon, usually aimed at wayward husbands! ;)

    Generally speaking, a "novel" is a fictional story, which does not, necessarily, have to be in the form a book.

    I hope you will give me credit on your homework assignment (speaking of books: there are no dictionaries at home, school, or on the web that you could find?). ;)

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 1 decade ago

    A novel is Fiction, whereas a book can be anything else, like Autobiography, etc.

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 1 decade ago

    a book is something someone has written or a composition that has been published and a novel is usuall a longer fictional piece of work.A short novel is called a novella.

    • Login to reply the answers
Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.