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 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.