“Why did people ask “What is it about?” as if a novel had to be about only one thing.”
—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
THIS, this, this! For all you writers out there, especially ones working on a novel, you get what I mean. The most treacherous thing a person could ask is ‘what is your novel about?’. There are too many layers to a novel. Too many things that you want the reader to take away from it. Emotions you want them to feel. Inspiration you wish to spark. Knowledge you wish to convey through subtleties. How could one possibly respond with a short answer that fits in the context of a conversation? My answers will always be pretty similar. My novel is about humanity. It’s the human condition trying to explain itself in terms of an infinite universe. No matter which story I’m working on, the answer is the same. So now you know.