The sub-moronic ramblings of a semi-functioning illiterate

I’m A Bildungsroman!

A few posts ago I lamented on what genre my teen protagonist driven novel belonged to.

I somehow stumbled on to this site and found a genre that I’ve never heard of, and one that I think applies very well to my novel. It’s called Bildungsroman!

What is Bildungsroman? Here’s a quick and simple definition:

Bildungsroman is a genre of novel that shows a young protagonist’s journey from childhood to adulthood (or immaturity to maturity), with a focus on the trials and misfortunes that affect the character’s growth.

Some additional key details about Bildungsromans:

  • The word Bildungsroman is a combination of the German word bildung, meaning formation, and roman, meaning novel. The word Bildungsroman is typically capitalized because of its German origin (in German, all nouns are capitalized).
  • The term “coming-of-age novel” is sometimes used interchangeably with Bildungsroman. This is not necessarily incorrect—in most cases the terms can be used interchangeably—but Bildungsroman carries the connotation of a specific and well-defined literary tradition, whereas “coming-of-age novel” is more of a catch-all term.
  • A Bildungsroman typically begins with a protagonist who feels alienated and alone, but ends on a positive note with the character finding a sense of belonging or self-realization, though many authors have played with this formula.

I think this about sums THE GODS OF ASPHALT up. For more information about Bildungsroman go here. For more info about my novel, THE GODS OF ASPHALT go here.

Thank you to all the bloggers who gave me great advice about my genre!

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One response

  1. I may fall into that category too… but the odds that any teen readers know that word, and that it would help me with sales… well…

    February 14, 2018 at 3:54 pm