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#1 kathleenq


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Posted 15 May 2017 - 01:53 PM

I've written a book from first person perspective, and so far I've been calling it a fictional memoir, which I'm pretty sure is not a category. The book is psychological (there's only one character) and is about a biological mass murderer. It's pretty much all in the unnamed narrator's head and focuses on the mental state through developing a disease and the subsequent aftermath. Any help would be appreciated!

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 08:14 PM

Since I'm assuming you're not actually a mass murderer, it's not a memoir, it's a novel. If it's done diary-entry style you can call it an "epistolary novel" but other than that it's a novel. Memoir denotes non-fiction, or at least some elements of non-fiction/inspired by life experience. 

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 08:40 PM

What Thrash said. Novel, period, end of discussion.  Calling it anything else shows ignorance, so that's not advised. 

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 06:36 AM

Yup. No two ways about it.

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 09:27 AM

Novels that don't fit comfortably into any genre are often referred to as "mainstream"

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