Top 15 Novels With Unusual Plots




Easy going linear plots appeal to only a few. Striking and unusual plots that are laden with twists and turns, shocks and surprises are what is expected from a novel. 


Here, we present to you a list of 15 novels which are unusual in terms of their plot, the settings and the characters. We recommend our readers that they read these novels themselves and find out for themselves what we are talking about. 


1. The Kite runner


Khalid Hosseini's works are known to evoke emotions and feelings in readers. His ‘A Thousand Splendid Sons' served to give a cathartic effect in the readers. The Kite Runner is another fascinating novel that grips our mind with regret and pain, love and loss while narrating the story of Amir and Hassan. 


2. A Fine Balance


Rohinton Mistry very effectively draws a picture of poor people and their lives through his skilfully woven sentences. A Fine Balance can perhaps stand as a handbook for foreign readers to get a glimpse of the lives of an Indian person. 


3. Harry Potter


If you miss the Harry Potter series, then you are still a baby. J.K. Bowling is one among the few authors who were able to leave a lasting impression on the bookaholics. A plot set in the magical world of Hogwarts, it is sure that the style and the magical touch of the book will never go out of fashion. 


4. The Tearling Trilogy


Erika Johansen's The Tearling Trilogy can drive you crazy. The Queen of Tearling, The Invasion of Tearling and The Fate of Tearling comes in three huge books. It is that kind of work that you pick up and then never forget to put down.


5. Homegoing


Yaa Gasi’s Homegoing speaks about the lives of two half-sisters. It is a hard-hitting critique of slavery mainly intended to evoke the feelings of sympathy and pity as well as anger towards those who used to inflict tortures on slaves. 


6. Look for Me


Look for Me by Lisa Gardner is the one for mystery and crime thriller lovers. A whole family gets killed except a teenage girl who goes missing. From beginning to end the book succeeds in holding the interest of the readers.


7. One Hundred Years of Solitude


Gabriel Garcia Marquez's book stands as one among the widely beloved novels of the world. It speaks about the rise and fall of a mythical town through the history of the Buendia family.


8. Moby Dick


Herman Melville's Mody Dick is known for its poetical quality and mythical grandeur. It is a peerless adventure story that can obviously excite the readers.


Some books have garnered the inspiration of film makers and made their way into the big screen. There are people who prefer film over books so as to save time. But for book lovers, the pleasure is obtained only through reading books. For those with vivid imagination and creativity, books help you to visualise the scenes and the scenes can be canned in your own way. In the case of a film, the imagination or fantasizing capability of a person is limited. For those who are not into reading habit, the film is the best alternative to gather pleasure and knowledge.


Here are some novels that have fascinated the people by making their presence known in the film industry.


9. Inferno


Dan Brown and his writing style have left us dumbstruck. Many of us can still go gaga over his Da Vinci Code. Inferno, like his previous works, traces the heart-racing journey of Robert Langdon with Sienna Brooks and their attempt to stop a plague.


10. Dracula 


Gothic novels are always interesting, let alone the frightening aspect. Bram Stoker's Dracula was the best ever gothic novel written and still continues to be the one that alarms everyone. It takes you to an altogether new world. All gothic lovers must own a copy of this one.    


11. Frankenstein


Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein has also been made into a film just like Dracula. There are some who might feel that the book is always better than the film. All who love to read can go for it and visualise the strange events that carry the story forward. 


12. The Book Thief


Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief narrates the story of Leisel Meminger. The film came out equally enthralling as the book. The futility of war and death is portrayed in all its actuality.


13. The Guide


Indian writer R.K. Narayan’s The Guide was adapted into a film featuring Dev Anand as the protagonist. The book records the ironic and humorous circumstances that a tour guide had to go through in his life. 


14. The Namesake


The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri is widely known. It has appealed to many for the ever-interesting themes like cultural and social conflicts.


15. The Life of Pi


The Oscar-winning film does not require any introduction. But very few know that it is actually a Canadian philosophical novel later made into a film. If the film was super exciting the book can definitely be thrilling.

There are a lot more in the list, but we hope that once you read some of the novels mentioned here, the bookworm in you makes you explore the rest yourselves!


Written By: Maryam Salim



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