You Want Your Book To Read Like A Serial – Even If It’s Not One

interesting concept, but maybe for a younger brain than mine!

Dan Alatorre

I remember reading A Tale Of Two Cities in school and being partly fascinated with it. I don’t pretend I grasped the complexities of the novel at that age, maybe eighth grade or freshman year in high school, but I remember it read a lot like a soap opera – and our teacher informed us that it had in fact been released as a weekly serial.

Obviously, I didn’t forget that.

curious-woman2 I just have that kind of mind

But why did a popular author like Dickens release it as a weekly serial instead of just release it as a regular book?

Well, if you compare it to soap operas or good, dramatic TV shows (say 24, or The Sopranos, but there are plenty of current examples), they solve a problem or two each week and start a new problem, then leave you with a cliffhanger – you have to tune…

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