Literary Fiction Jennifer Ellis — Writing. Krystal recently wrote excellent essays on the differences between genre and literary fiction They are called crossover, mainstream, commercial, commercial literary, nbsp; What is the difference between commercial and literary fiction?
Characters are fully fleshed out humans Focus on interior life of character Reader infers some of plot Less accessible Climax can be small — decision, realization Good writing Points of Debate There are many points of debate on these differences.
Many genre fiction novels have good character development and inner character life. Many of the characters in literary fiction novels have an exterior life.
Some argue that the plot is incidental in literary fiction but others note that a plot is still necessary. Something still has to happen and indeed, many literary fiction novels do have a plot.
The suggestion that genre fiction can be knocked off in six weeks while literary fiction takes years is also often contended. So what are crossover novels? First of all there is little agreement even on the term to describe novels that successfully incorporate elements of both genre and literary fiction.
But some argue that commercial fiction is just anything that sells whether literary or genre fiction and others argue that mainstream fiction is really genre fiction. Yet others argue that commercial fiction is really genre fiction. Both Krystal and Grossman point out that the distinction between genre and literary fiction is becoming less clear, although Krystal eventually concludes that the distinction still exists and that literary fiction remains superior to genre fiction because it is art rather than escapism.
Grossman agrees that there remains a distinction but does not believe that literary fiction is superior.
Grossman points to many of the ways that genre fiction does not fit the narrow confines outlined in the list above. He notes that many genre fiction novels deal with difficult and unhappy subject matter and cannot be considered escapism.
Grossman points out that ease and clarity should not disqualify a book from greatness. He also argues that a plot does not mean a novel cannot have meaning — that a finely nuanced plot can deliver just as much meaning and emotion as a deftly wrought work of literary fiction with more carefully rendered prose.
Overall, Grossman points out that the line between genre and literary fiction is very blurry and that many of the great writers from both sides are borrowing madly from the conventions of the other.
He still feels they are distinct, but notes that some critics argue that they are merging. Kim Wright observes that many literary fiction writers are shifting to genre fiction because it is more lucrative.
I am not sure if I am any closer in determining what I write, or even what I want to write. Actually, that is not completely true….
Of course I want to write a highly successful crossover novel, but sometimes it is easier to sell a straight genre or literary novel the first time around. I do know that my novels are more plot driven than not, so maybe I should take that as my starting point.
If you like what I have to say, sign up for my mailing list here.English 28 Essay #1: Commercial vs. Literary Fiction Graham Greene’s “The Destructors” is a story that uses elements found in both commercial and literary fiction. Some of the story is. Literary fiction is also known as “serious fiction,” though personally I dislike both of those terms.
They imply, at least to my ear, that all other types of fiction (genre fiction, in particular) is somehow less literate and less alphabetnyc.com, literary fiction is the term that the book-selling business uses, so I guess we’re stuck with it!.
The biggest difference between literary and commercial fiction is that editors expect to make a substantial profit from selling a commercial book, but not necessarily from selling literary fiction. Audiences for commercial fiction are larger than those for literary fiction. Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game" and Thomas Wolf's "The Child by Tiger" are both fictional short stories.
Connell's story demonstrates a commercial fiction style of writing whereas Wolf's tale uses the literary fiction style. “Difference between commercial and literary fiction?” A great question posed by @rosemarydun on Twitter.
It is something many authors will need to think about when it comes time to categorise their writing. English Essay #1: Commercial vs. Literary Fiction. Graham Greene’s “The Destructors” is a story that uses elements found in both commercial and literary fiction.