Re: RARA-AVIS: Serial Hardboiled?

From: a.n.smith (
Date: 02 Feb 2002

> Don't most novels of any kind have cliff hangers
> throughout? In effect, doesn't this make each
> novel a serial?

A novel can be serialized, sure, and many were in the pulps, occasionally are in contemporary magazines. The definition I think we're looking at here is something presented periodically rather than as a whole. And not all novels have cliff-hanger breaks. You have to end a chapter somewhere, but that's not necessarily a cliff-hanger. So the periodic publication more succinctly defines it.

Neil Smith

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