From a letter I was writing to an aspiring novelist. WHO ARE THE PRIMARY READERS OF NOVELS? A) Novel readers B) Something else The correct answer is a). This means that those reading THIS novel will expect it to be a novel. They will wish to be surprised, delighted, moved, and informed. They will expect characters that convince and a plot that causes them to want to find out what will happen next. They will want the novel to hold their attention. At the very least. They are giving you their time. You need to take them seriously.