- The term "literary fiction" is almost like a Rorschach Test; every one reveals quite a bit of their attitudes and biases when attempting to define terms such as this.
- Not surprisingly, most of the comments to date have approached this question from the "genre" side - noting possible oppositions to genre lit characteristics, a presumed decentralization of plot in favor of the elevation of character and prose to paramount status.
- Very little to nothing has been said of how the audience for lit fic differs from that for various genre lit audiences. This I think is a crucial difference that should be explored more.
- I suspect there are more lit fic and genre lit readers at this blog, namely because the discussion hasn't been as pejorative towards lit fic as it likely would have been if this question had been posted on a SF/F forum.
- Related to bullet point #3: For issues of lit journals like Conjunctions that contain genre-related stories (see Conjunctions: 39: The New Wave Fabulists and the just-published Conjunctions: 52: Betwixt the Between: Impossible Realism), it seems internet searches turn up many more reviews written from a genre perspective than from a lit fic perspective. Is the mode of communication different (i.e. more likely the reviews are published in lit journals and not online via blogs and e-mags)?
- Also, is this mode of communication between writers and intended audience for lit fic in danger?
Perhaps these bullet points will provide more grist for the mill as the weekend fast approaches.