A novel is like a pinball game. Once the shiny new character shoots into motion, it encounters the bumpers and flippers of the plot and bounces wildly off, tracing out the unique path of tension and surprise we call a story.
It's a thrill dispenser
wired to our neural architecture. Page-turning addiction, emotional rewards, and immersive satisfaction in an unfamiliar universe. Stories make us think, and can rearrange our world.