Friday, November 2nd, 2012
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Man Expresses Distaste For Literary Fiction

It is close to the end of what has been a rather trying week. Why don't we run out the clock by debating the worth of genre fiction? I mean, if that's not what you've spent the whole week doing already.

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deepomega (#1,720)

You really don't want to get me started here.

@deepomega BRING IT. (Or don't. It's Friday, and we're all so tired.)

deepomega (#1,720)

@Choire Sicha@facebook There is no such thing as genre fiction. THERE, I SAID IT. It's a useful slang for a big bucket of tropes, but it is FAKE. Unless you want to tell me there is no magic in Murakami's books, or that The Left Hand of Darkness is actually, secretly, an attempt to appeal to low-brow readers.

@deepomega Well, I mean, there are _genres_ of fiction, in the sense that it's useful to separate books into categories according to form, content, etc. But you're right in that there's no such thing as genre fiction, which is to say a separate class of fiction that can be distinguished from literature because it adheres to certain forms, contents, conventions. As Choire pointed out in his article, literary fiction is just as dependent on conventions as fantasy fiction. The difference is that literary fiction depends on boring-ass conventions like middle-class white people being sad and baseball, whereas fantasy novels at least have dragons.

Of course, it doesn't sound like anyone in this thread disagrees with each other, so there's that. But I, too, could go on forever.

Smitros (#5,315)

Not quite on topic, but isn't "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" the condensed version of the Penn State scandal?

@Smitros This is one of those amazing jokes one gets to make so rarely, that will make like 8 people laugh but are pure genius.

Danzig! (#5,318)

@Choire Sicha@facebook It didn't really make me laugh, but I certainly understood.

Smitros (#5,315)

@Choire Sicha@facebook I suppose this is a roundabout way of validating genre fiction, or at least some of it. The typical New Yorker story, "literary" or not, doesn't put me in touch with the lacerated and pulsating core of existence.

grandpa27 (#804)

I was going to ask, "What the Hell is genre fiction?", but my question is answered above. Now if I could figure out what tropes are….

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