The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines a novel as "an invented prose narrative that is usually long and complex and deals especially with human experience through a usually connected sequence of events." The exact length at which a story becomes a novel has been subject to debate since the form was invented a few centuries ago. One respected source says a novel must be longer than 50,000 words, while the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has nailed it down to a minimum of 40,000 words. Scriptfics are excluded, though some are of astounding length as well.
Not many Daria fanfics are of this length, but such huge tales are hardly unknown. Shorter prose forms include the novella (set by the SFWA at 17,500–39,999 words), novelette (7,500–17,499 words), and short story (up to 7,499 words).
November is National Novel Writing Month, and by tradition some Daria fans start (and sometimes finish) novel-length fanfics at this time. This organization sets the novel's word count at 50,000 words.
Daria novel titles, instead of being italicized like regular novels, are written with quotes like any other fanfic.
Examples of *Daria* Novels
- "Bed and Breakfast Man," by Ruthless Bunny
- Daria In Morrowind series (considered as a whole), by WellTemperedClavier
- "Darius," by TAG
- "Darkness," by TAG
- "Drive," by TAG
- "Esteem Roller," by Legendeld
- "Forgotten But Not Gone," by TAG
- "A Hard Days' Night," by TAG
- Legion of Lawndale Heroes series (considered as a whole), by Roentgen and Brother Grimace
- "Outcasts from Beyond," by TAG (a science-fiction crossover)
- "Ring-Toss," by Nemo Blank
- "Scarlett," by TAG
- "Smoking Mirror," by TAG
- "Stranger Than Fiction," by Admonisher (a science-fiction crossover)
- "Summer of the Hot Lake," by TAG
- "Turnabout Confusion Part II: All The King's Horses" by Dennis