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Choose your novel

Some ideas about how to pick a book

  • It sounds obvious , but be sure to choose a title that you are interested in.
  • Find one whose style and subject matter sounds good to you.

Make sure this is the book for you

Before you commit, you might like to get an overview of the book, author, or subject matter. Here are a few general reference databases that can help you quickly figure out who, what, where, and when to help you decide if that book is for you:

Find Literary Criticism

Literary Devices have two aspects.

They can be treated as either Literary Elements or Literary Techniques.

  • Literary Elements have an inherent existence in literary piece and are extensively employed by writers to develop a literary piece such as plot, setting, narrative structure, characters, mood, theme, moral etc. Writers simply cannot create their desired work without including Literary Elements in a thoroughly professional manner.
  • Literary Techniques, on the contrary, are structures usually a word s or phrases in literary texts that writers employ to achieve not merely artistic ends but also readers a greater understanding and appreciation of their literary works. Examples are: metaphor, simile, alliteration, hyperbole, allegory etc. In contrast to Literary Elements, Literary Techniques are not an unavoidable aspect of literary works.

LiteraryDevices Editors. “Metaphor” LiteraryDevices.net. 2013. Web. 4 Nov. 2014.

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