It’s strange trying to explain novels-in-verse to people who’ve never heard of them:
So what is a novel-in-verse?
A book that tells a story through poetry.
Does it rhyme?
So it’s like the Iliad?
Kind of (though this comparison always stresses me out; nothing like having your work compared to a text several thousand years old!).
I’ve never liked poetry.
It’s too hard to read, the way it’s set up on a page, and all those hidden meanings don’t make sense to me.
Poetry doesn’t have to be confusing. The nice thing about a verse novel is each poem can stand alone but also tells part of a whole story.
I’d just die if I had to write a whole story that way!
I’d just die if I had to read a whole book written that way!
And on and on.
These sorts of conversations usually come from non-readers or readers who aren’t familiar with the genre. So, reader friends, what’s your take on the novel-in-verse? I’d love to hear your uncensored response. If the lovely Moonrat says verse novels can be “scary and boring” (just for the record, if she could only recommend one book, it would be the verse novel, AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF RED), I’m sure other readers might feel the same way.
What do you think? What verse novels are your favorites?