the inventor of the modern novel?

I just read a very interesting article about Samuel Richardson, apparently considered by some to have written the first “modern novel” — meaning the first novel to focus largely on the characters’ interior lives, rather than on their actions.

I’ve also seen this used as a definition of the “literary” (as opposed to “genre”) fiction.

I’ve been thinking about this, since in mystery stories if too much of the characters’ interior life is revealed, then there’s no mystery. In the story I’m planning now, for example, I’m not planning to show anything about what the characters are thinking and feeling. Surfaces only, for maximum mystery. 🙂

Well, if you don’t believe that Pamela, Richardson’s first novel, is the first modern novel, apparently there is no question that Clarissa, his second, is the longest novel ever written in the English language.

I’m thinking I’m not going to be reading that book any time soon.

 
Oh, and there’s this: “Fast & Furious 8: Vin Diesel confirms Nathalie Emmanuel’s return

As the article says:

Tighten up your cybersecurity: Ramsey is riding (and hacking) again.

Excellent news. With the death (sigh) of Gisele, and the (necessary) loss of Mia, I was a little worried that Dom’s crew in the next movie would be “Letty and a whole bunch of guys.”

It’s always good to have balance in these things.

Plus, there’s a great video of Vin Diesel driving Emmanuel around in a golf cart while he lipsyncs a song to her.

And, yes, as I was hoping, Charlize Theron will play the villain. As Theron said, “I’m coming to mess that shit up!”

Update: I just found out that Elsa Pataky (Elena) will returning also. Yay!

(I will also mention that it annoys me when websites post pictures of Chris Hemsworth with his family, and the caption refers to his wife, without even giving her name, or they mention her name without saying that she’s an actor also. I always want to poke the screen and say, “That’s Elena, damn it!” 🙂 )

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