novel = nonfiction

sagehen sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM
Tue Jul 4 21:19:19 UTC 2006

>In an interview with a Blackhawk helicopter pilot, the Fox News anchor has
>referred to Mark Bowden's journalistic account of the Mogadishu battle as
>"_Blackhawk Down_, that novel that was made into a movie."
>  It's hard to imagine that he really believes the book to be fiction.
>Evidently "novel" just sounds smarter (to some people) than "book."
>  JL
(Not to be construed as a slur on the book, /Blackhawk Down/, which I
haven't read)
There is something called "creative non-fiction" to be found in the
publishing world these days.  Has a pretty sinister sound to those of us
concerned with history & current events, but it does rather invite the term
"novel", doesn't it?

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