“First of all, the whole thing is almost all dialogue.” -Romeo and Juliet
Dear Poor, Confused Human,
Let me introduce you to a play. Merriam Webster Dictionary defines a play as “the stage representation of an action or story." Now, if you have never had the chance to experience a play, it is performed on a stage by actors, who are people who act out the story and portray the characters. On stage, the characters speak as normal people do, having conversations in order to move the plot along. Plays are similar to movies, which you may or may not have seen. In fact, sometimes plays are made into movies! Other times, they make plays out of movies! It’s all very exciting.
Now that I have explained what a play is, I would like to explain something to you that, be warned, may blow your mind: Romeo and Juliet, which was written by Shakespeare and which you decided to not only give a 1 star review to but to spend time writing a review of, is a PLAY! Crazy, right? I know, it looks like a book. When you read it, it was probably bound like a book and contained pages just like a book. But, while being a book, it isn’t a novel like you might expect. It is a play! You read a play, and you didn’t even know it! I understand that this can be incredibly confusing, and I am proud of you for experiencing something new, but, from now on, maybe you should look closely at something before deciding that it is wrong or bad just because of its format.
While we are taking time to help you understand the book world better, I want to warn you that there are a lot of different types of books you might encounter. These, just like a play, will look like a regular old novel but are actually quite different. I won’t go into all of the different types of books, but here are some that you might run into:
- General non-fiction
- These stories are true. They usually won’t follow the same narrative structure of a novel, but they will help educate you on different subjects.
Graphic novels/comic books
Watch out! These might look like regular books, but they are actually books that combine pictures and words to tell a story visually! Don’t let the pictures confuse you. They are meant to be there, and are incredibly important.
These really might confuse you. Oral histories are collections of interviews from people who all know or lived through an experience. Most times they won’t read as dialogue or even tell a story. Instead they are a collection of different little quotes to help you better understand something. This might be too much for you. I would recommend avoiding them, at least for now.
Art books are usually just collections of an artist’s work. Don’t be surprised when you don’t see many words.
I feel like you probably get the point by now. Books, while they may look similar, are not all the same. If you ever need help understanding why a book is the way it is, let me know, and I will be happy to help.
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