Does it come off as a bit pretentious when a book states that fact that it is a novel as part of the title?
I am sure everyone has come across this at least once (and probably more) in which a book will state that it is a novel within the title. I know many of the books I have come across and read are guilty of doing as such, for example I am reading a book right now called The Gargoyle: A Novel
Is it really necessary for a novel to declare itself to be such within the title of the work? I do not know why but I find at times that it can grow to be slightly annoying when books do this, as it is sort of an oxymoron. The fact that the book is a novel, is kind of a given and goes without saying.
The other thing which annoys me about this, while perhaps not always the case it seems often to me that kind of works that do this are contemporary books that are trying to appear to be more "classical" or prestigious.
Does it really serve any useful purpose at all for a book to be declared a novel within its title? Is there any legitimate me fear that the book might actually be mistaken for being something other than a work of fiction?