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07 March 2013


Well, a lot of nonfiction is "narrative", for the most part - there is a narrative, although is it always forward? It's telling a story. AS opposed to the more "how-to" or "fact-driven" like a Dummies book or a knitting book. But I don't think that all of the facets of nonfiction are truly known and understood, and that is one of my life's missions. I don't get out much . . .

Well, Sarah, I know we've always differed on this point. And yes, I suppose you're right, even books with no forward narrative have stories within chapters...but still. I think it's the assumption that STORY is always the most important thing about nonfiction that bugs me, or something.

Evidently I don't get out much either! :)

Huh. I don't think that story is the most important thing. Subject, esp. for "how-to", is very important as well, so that's why a label and organizing default is important. Did I give you that impression?

Hi Sarah!
My problem with "narrative" is more with the dictionary definition ("something that is narrated; story; account") than with yours. And I do understand why it's used, because the distinction between "how-to NF" and "everything else NF" usually does need to be made. I often make the mistake of forgetting all about how-to stuff, although I use and read a lot of it personally. So maybe we do need new categories: what about just "How-To" and "Nonfiction."
Not quite right. It's a tough one.

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