Madame Bovary Book Analysis

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Academics and writers alike have long since proclaimed that the novel is dead. It is thought that nothing new has been done to the form since Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. Perhaps this is why in recent years the form of the novel has been imitating and shifting quicker than in previous decades, compounding also with the ever expanding universe of technology and the entertainment that comes with it - we are living in an age where something new is craved and is necessary if the novel wants to stay relevant. Consumers have seen genre fiction shifting, specifically around young adult and science fiction. Literary fiction is combining genre fiction tactics in order to keep the reader engrossed and books have even been turned into apps. While these seem…show more content…
Mark Coker talks about how the life cycle of a book has changed with the introduction of digital listings. It used to be that once a book stopped selling (or if it never sold at all) it was removed from the shelves, no longer discoverable by readers. Since eBook retailers don’t have to limit their “shelf space,” books stay available and discoverable for much longer (potentially forever). This means that the competition continues to rise as not only do new authors begin publishing, but the old ones continue to put out new books and republish their backlists (written word media citation). While this can increase competition for writers, it also is an improvement to writers who have seen their work disappear from the shelves. The eBook has facilitated a change in form, which will help the novel live on. For example, The Little Boy/Girl Who Lost His/Her Name - a printed book that could be digitally individualised to include the name of the child reading it, or viewed entirely on the eBook format - went on to be the top-selling children's picture book in Britain and

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