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Ahab the tragic hero of Herman Melville's nineteenth-century novel Moby Dick, who is ruled by an obsession to kill the white whale of the title. [1/2 definitions]
anti-hero a central character in a story, novel, or play who lacks traditional heroic qualities, such as high purpose or moral strength.
anti-novel a novel-like work which does not have the usual characteristics of a novel, esp. regarding plot.
Babbitt the title character and protagonist of Sinclair Lewis's early twentieth-century novel, who is smug, conventional, and resolutely middle-class. [1/2 definitions]
big brother (cap.) in the 1948 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, an invisible but all-seeing and omnipotent force representing totalitarian government. [1/3 definitions]
bildungsroman a novel that concerns itself primarily with the psychological and moral development of the main character, usually from youth into adulthood.
book a literary work such as a novel or volume of poetry. [1/12 definitions]
Brobdingnag in Jonathan Swift's eighteenth-century novel Gulliver's Travels, a land inhabited by giants.
character a person in a novel, play, poem, or the like. [1/7 definitions]
Cheshire cat in the nineteenth-century children's novel Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, a grinning cat that magically disappears, his grin being the last to fade away.
concept a distinct, novel idea that has been arrived at through consideration. [1/2 definitions]
cool (informal) great, esp. in a novel, clever, or stylish way; appealing. [1/14 definitions]
curiosity an unusual or novel thing. [1/2 definitions]
denouement in a novel, play, or film, the final resolution of the plot's complexities and questions. [1/2 definitions]
dialogue talk between two or more people or between characters in a play, film, novel, or the like. [1/5 definitions]
dime novel a cheap paperback novel with much adventure or romance.
Don Quixote the idealistic but impractical protagonist and title character of a seventeenth-century Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes.
Dracula in a late nineteenth-century novel by Bram Stoker, the title character, a vampire, who is able to transform himself into a bat.
dramatization a version of a story, event, novel, or the like that is made to take the form of a drama. [1/2 definitions]
epic of a novel, play, film, or the like, having a heroic subject or a grand tone. [2/5 definitions]
flashback a past event that interrupts the forward action of a play, movie, novel, or the like. [1/2 definitions]