Some have said it 'is to evoke EMOTION from the reader', while others have found 'the whole concept snobbish'.
As a writer, isn't everything written considered literary? And aside from Non-fiction, isn't everything deemed fiction? Putting the two terms together should mean 'written fiction', right?
Now the question begs; why do I care?
Well, I care because one of my books has been labeled and tagged on Amazon (and other areas) as 'literary fiction'. Why? Well truthfully, it's because I was told books termed 'literary fiction' focused more upon style, psychological depth, and character. Meaning it's character driven, which The Kindness of Strangers is (or so I think/thought).
So, if this is the case, why did someone disagree with my 'literary fiction' tag on Amazon?
Well, based on a lot of the comments on KB, not a lot of people share the same idea of what 'literary fiction' really is. Some say 'literary fiction' is 'timeless', something that will be around for ages. Authors like Jane Austen and Charles Dickins.
One commenter stated, "Somewhere on another discussion group someone made the analogy to literary fiction being like a gourmet meal vs. eating junk food. He said, like a gourmet meal which leaves you satisfied for a long time, literary fiction makes you want to think about it for awhile before you start another book. However, books that you read one after another without thinking about them in between are like junk food."
Is that really what the majority feels literary fiction is?
If this is the case, should I be changing the tag for my book to something else? Something like 'coming of age'? I can't just say it's fiction, because well ... that's just too broad. How do I make it stand out? How do I define it properly? 'Literary fiction' really seemed to sum it up nicely; with the belief that it was character driven and something that makes you think.
Is my book perfect and am I just being a snob by leaving it tagged and listed as 'literary fiction'? I don't think so. I'm far from perfect and I don't believe I'm a snob, so what am I supposed to do?
This topic definitely made me go, hmmmm...
What do you think the term 'literary fiction' means?