Novel of Realism I
Renders reality closely and in comprehensive
Characters appear in their real complexity of
temperament and motive; They are in explicable
relation to nature, to each other, to their social
class, to their own past.
Character is more important than action and
plot; Complex ethical choices are often the subject.
Events will usually be plausible. Realistic novels
avoid the sensational, dramatic elements of
naturalistic novels and romances.
From Richard Chase,
The American Novel and Its Tradition