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    #11

    Re: Alice in Wonderland: A Play for A Novel?

    Additionally, you will never have any introspection in a play. You won't see "she wondered whether" or "he was intensely frightened" or other things that tell you how the person was feeling or what they were thinking. You won't have large passages of description. You need to find a play that was written as a play and see how it's set out, as 5jj expressed previously and you'll see immediately how they differ.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #12

    Re: Alice in Wonderland: A Play for A Novel?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ducklet Cat View Post
    Thanks :)
    Maybe someone else has another viewpoint.
    I'm being a bit hypothetical. I'm trying to deduce what are the characteristics that make a text a play or a novel.

    Any input is appreciated.
    William Gaddis wrote an entire novel that consists almost entirely of dialogue, though many find it very hard to read: J R - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    #13

    Re: Alice in Wonderland: A Play for A Novel?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Dialogue in a novel:



    Dialogue in a play:



    Rover
    All right! I finally got the difference. :)
    Many thanks Rover.
    I had the false impression that dialogue "is not OK" in novels.
    But I have to say that I ran into some novels that use the following format for their dialogues:

    And he asked her eagerly:
    - Have you seen it?
    - not yet.
    - Why?
    - Haven't had the time.
    Thanks.

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    #14

    Re: Alice in Wonderland: A Play for A Novel?

    Rover_KE,

    you certainly know how to convey a decisive answer.
    Well done!

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