Literary fiction VS. Genre fiction

No matter if you are in the world of writing or reading or both, the controversy between the literary and the popular fiction is irresistible. In this world of literature, both literary and genre fiction are flowing at a good rate among the readers.


No matter if you are in the world of writing or reading or both, the controversy between the literary and the popular fiction is irresistible. In this world of literature, both literary and genre fiction are flowing at a good rate among the readers. Still, there is a’  You or me? ‘ , battle between these two. In this, let me discuss about this controversy.

LITERARY FICTION:

This term is created in the early 1960′ s itself. It holds more literary merit. It is a kind of a serious fiction. It explores through the inner degrees of a story and make it complex. But in a literary point of view, it holds more value and is likely to more literary awards. All class of people cannot understand this. And this is the major drawback in literary fiction.

Characteristics of literary fiction:

To judge about literary fiction, it is important to know about the various characters of literary fiction. It is listed below,

  • Reflect human condition
  • Complex but developed characters
  • Social commentary
  • In depth story
  • Political criticism
  • Slow pace
  • Complex but elegant writing style
  • Darker tone
  • Ambiguous ending
  • Award winning

These characteristics make literary fiction worthy of various awards and prone to eminent writers. Though it is difficult to read, it attracts the attention of many eminent writers. It holds more value in the world of literature. Writing literary fiction has no rules or specific style. The author can play with the story by bringing many adventurous twists and changing the flow of the story. It helps the readers to be focused on reading even it has slower pace. It explodes the human conditions and reflect it in the story perfectly. The ending will be ambiguous. It may be sad or something which the readers gets to interpret themselves. It brings more focus on reading. Though it is complex and built with definite characters, it holds more value in literary world.

GENRE FICTION:

It is known as the popular fiction. This is popular among mass audience. It is a common fiction which every class of people prefers to read. It has a particular style. It has various genre like mystery, romance, science, fantasy, thrill, adventure, history, etc. Each style has its own theme and pattern. The readers can access to their favorite styles accordingly.

Characteristics of genre fiction:

Like literary fiction, genre fiction also possess several characteristics which holds its success among the readers.

  • Appealing to mass audience
  • Main focus is readers
  • Loose and easy script
  • Entertaining
  • Conventional story telling
  • Easy to understand
  • More selling rate
  • Particular style of writing

These are few characteristics that a genre fiction has to possess. Initially, it was originated as a new style of writing. Later, various genres evolved and this lead to it’s success. Apart from the residing controversies, it is now accepted by modern critics. In each genre, separate theme is discussed and the story is portrayed in a particular style. The characters are built in a way much easier for the readers to understand. Though the frequency of winning and award is less compared to literary fiction, the sale of books is more. The authors of genre fiction primarily focus on the sale of books than any literary credits. It is written in such a way that it allures the attention of readers.

THE PREVAILING COMPETITION:

Both literary and genre fiction have their own way of expressing a story and they have a particular frequency of credits.

Literary fiction has more value in the world of literature and among modern criticism. Genre fiction has more value among the readers. Readers have a particular genre as their favorite and they expect the same sequence in their stories which lead to the success of the book.

Conclusion:

The argument is not that genre fiction is superior than literary fiction or vice versa. Whatever may be, there will always be a dilemma and a second thought of one is better than the other in every concept. So the conclusion is each one is unique and distinct in its own way. The choice of readers holds the success over here. Can there be any one solution to this contracted?

It would definitely be a big no. So why can’t this be dealt smartly. An eminent author writes a perfect literary fiction and it becomes a great success in the world of literature. Wow! A great applause!

On the other hand, a writer perfectly nails a science fiction novel and the readers salute this author for the very modern fusion of science and technology in the story and bringing it to all class of people. This is also a great success. This is also credited by an applause.

This is how each story is successful. Why to exaggerate things?

Let us read. Encourage. Enhance.

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