Guest Post from Author Clare C. Marshall
Title: The Violet Fox
Author: Clare C. Marshall
Publisher: Faery Ink Press
Published Date: October 11, 2012
Buy on Amazon: Kindle
"The Difference Between Literary and Genre Fiction. Does it Matter?"
by Guest Writer Clare C. Marshall
I was never really taught the “real” meaning of what literary fiction is. It wasn’t really until I started researching the publishing world that I cared. I knew what I liked: science fiction, fantasy, horror, but most importantly: stories about people that I could care about, doing important but difficult things. That’s pretty broad, I know. But there are a lot of books out there that don’t have characters that the reader can care about, or do things that jolt the reader out of the created reality, making them say, “What?” But back to the definition of literary fiction.
I once asked one of my publishing friends, and while we struggled to come up with an all-encompassing definition, we managed this: literary fiction is a story that has multiple layers of meaning, and explore deeper themes in the narrative. It’s a “serious” work and often has dark tones, and usually has a slower pace than a genre story. They are also often critically acclaimed.
Genre fiction, instead of focusing on a larger theme and having a serious tone, is more defined by the rules within a narrative. For example, science fiction usually takes place in space, or in the future, or uses technology or science in a way that it isn’t in real life. Horror fiction usually means someone is going to die, or you have to have tension that makes the reader feel on edge or scared. You could also define genre fiction as stories that are written to please a wide variety of audiences.
Personally, I dislike these distinctions. I prefer to think of literary fiction as its own genre. Just because a book is “literary” doesn’t mean it’s better than a genre fiction book. Genre fiction can just as easily explore big ideas. Just look at science fiction! I guess I’m biased because I prefer genre fiction, and I read to escape and enjoy new worlds, not to purposely think about big ideas (but if that happens by accident, that’s just part of the fun of reading).
Overall, it doesn’t really matter to me where a book is set, or how a bookstore or a publisher or an author defines the category in which he or she writes. What matters is the plot, how it’s told, and the characters that participate in or drive the story. Because when it comes down to it, how the reader becomes immersed the story is the most important measure of how much he or she enjoys the book.
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