Queries a Snarkling:
Dear Miss Snark:
What is your opinion on the diary format for a novel?
Isn't today the 10th anniversary of the first publication of Bridget Jones?
I think it might be.
And I like the DIARY of BJ v.v. much.
Diary of Anne Frank ... also v.v. much
Hard to imagine two more disparate authors/subjects/tones.
Yet both are diaries.
I have a fondness for epistolary novels: Daddy Long Legs, Ella Minnow Pea,
True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters, which is not shared by enough editors or writers.
I'll read just about anything for ten pages. If it works, I'll read on. If it doesn't, I'll stop regardless of form.
If you're writing in an unusual form, you'll want to announce that fact in your cover letter so you avoid the v. v. bad response of "what the f is this??" that arises from reading along and suddenly everything shifts abruptly cause the narrator is an unintegrated multiple personality.