genre wars take it up a notch

I know, I know, I haven’t been here. I haven’t been anywhere much. Trying to stay focused on writing, and family stuff demanding a lot of time — the usual excuses.

Literary fiction is just another genre with a self-defined readership and a set of arbitrary conventions.

If you are yearning for some interesting and quite thought provoking reading, you might go here where Sarah Weinman has collected a list of posts on the most recent iteration of the genre wars (her term). You know, that literary fiction vs. all other fiction thing. Usually a new battle breaks out (as in this case) when a so-called litcrit type takes a swipe at a genre type. Almost always the litcrit type is spewing sour grapes. In this case (the criticism was of Stephen Hunter) I’d have to say the same.

At any rate. Have a look at the links (I especially recommend Laura Lippman’s take on all of this).

Or if you prefer, repeat my mantra (to the right) to yourself.

One Reply to “genre wars take it up a notch”

  1. Rosina – you expand my Favourites list beyond reasonable sorting size. On a consistent basis. Thanks.

    Lippman’s take was good. Good insights.

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