I'm not sure if a thread like this has been made before, hell, I'm not sure if a thread like this really fits. But basically over the last few days I've been wondering what exactly one needs in order to write something that can be considered a novel. Now, in general a novel is pretty much a story that you write and publish, it doesn't mean that you have to follow certain requirements, well...you do but like if we're going off on quality then I think we all have some novels that we think shouldn't even be such things.
So with that I come to ask, in your own honest opinion what do you think a novel needs in order to be a proper novel, what kind of story does it need to have? what kind of characters? and so on.