A holonovel is a type of holographic program which presents a dramatic narrative, much as a novel. Some holonovels allow participants to take on the role of one of the narrative's characters and interact with other holographic characters.
In and around Federation space
At some point prior to the year 2371, Data attempted to compose holonovels. These first drafts were stored in the Enterprise-D holodeck, but didn't appear to be approaching completion. (TNG - Warped short story: "Werewolf-Wolf")
- Data's holonovels
- The Werewolf-Wolf: The Story of a Wolf that Can Turn into a Werewolf, Based on a Drawing by Geordi La Forge • The Mystery of the Candy Tree • Geordi Can Fly • Cowboy Horse • Dance-Contest Danger • Who Kidnapped Cowboy Horse • Snake Town • Vacation Island and the Mysterious Coin
In other cultures
In Kornak culture, holodramas were a form of popular entertainment, and often depicted stories of doctors and dramatic medical scenarios. These holodramas normally exaggerated real-life medical procedures for dramatic effect. (SCE eBook: Wounds, Book 1)
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Though holoprograms based on literary works featuring Dixon Hill and Sherlock Holmes were seen early in TNG's run, the term "holonovel" was not coined until VOY episode "Cathexis", to describe the holoprogram in which Kathryn Janeway played the role of a Victorian governess.