Literary Fiction

phyllis__mn

OK, who decides what is Literary Fiction? I just entered Fannie Flagg's Welcome to the world, Baby Girl into the August game. It is listed as Literary Fiction in a book site that I frequent. Not long ago, I read a list of those in this hallowed group, and was quite appalled at some of the books and authors.

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carolyn_ky

This from Google: Literary fiction is a term that has come into common usage in the early 1960s. The term is principally used to distinguish "serious fiction" which is a work that claims to hold literary merit, in comparison from genre fiction and popular fiction.

I surely don't know who decides what is what, and neither do I know who would say "in comparison FROM."

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yoyobon_gw

Apparently a Google Genius.

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astrokath

Which is why at the bookshop I work in we don't try to separate it out. We have sections for crime, sci-fi and fantasy, romance and classics (which we determine as books written by people dead for more than 100 years) and the rest is fiction. Even deciding what should go in the crime section is difficult. Some thrillers end up there and some are in fiction.

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vee_new

I had always assumed that literary fiction was high-quality writing possibly bordering on the pretentious! The sort of book an author spent months working on before his/her publisher spent big bucks at various literary festivals and putting ads in the broad sheet papers promoting it.

. . . and they would never end a sentence with it.

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annpanagain

Literary fiction to me is the high-brow type of book that gets into the Booker list and is discussed on TV book shows. Rarely does a murder mystery get included unless written by P D James! Not my kind of reading at all.

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