Just recently I have been pondering this question; since I'm an artist, musician and storyteller, I was looking at the differences between them, and the one thing I've noticed is a lack of artistic licence in novels. Yes you can create worlds etc, but I think of all the artistic pursuits, it appears that it is the most structured. Art can be abstract and just drips and splats and seen as a masterpiece, music can be anything from bird song, to record samples stolen from other records, film can be silent or hours of someone sleeping. But books.... Can these be abstract or not follow structures, can they break all the rules, not conform, and still be hailed as masterpieces? Is there a book out there without a storyline?