My word of the day:
SESQUIPEDALIAN — given to, or characterized by using long words. From the Latin for “a foot and a half.”
Sorry to mislead you, but this blog is really about literary v. genre fiction. Here’s my thinking: if you hate the topic, either because you want to remove the “v.,” or because you are wildly for one or the other—well, at least you might have learned a new word.
Some friends and I have had interesting discussions lately about what constitutes a “literary” novel.
“Aren’t they all?” asked one.
If we go with the meaning of literary: “pertaining to the nature of books and writing, the answer is yes, but apparently it’s not that simple.
We all know what “genre” books are — romance, western, scifi, mystery, e.g.,—but what’s a literary book? Something that’s not genre? Something that’s SESQUIPEDALIAN?
Is a literary novel simply NOT genre, something like porn — you’ll know it when you see it?
If you listen to the polar positions, you’ll hear:
“It’s a literary novel—impressive language, but there’s no story.”
“It’s genre—great story and characters, but eighth-grade language.”
Can a book be both? Can you name one?
My work here is done.
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