Difference between fiction and literary fiction
Fiction vs literary fiction:
Literature is of various kinds and it is divided mostly in to two parts generally known as fiction and nonfiction. Fiction is once again divided in to various genres of fiction each of hich deals with very specific characteristics of their own. One such category is literary fiction, a genre that is not very popular among the masses and yet is known quite reasonably among the literary crowd. But how is literary fiction any different from fiction? Let us find out.
What is fiction?
Fiction pertains to literature that is created out of figments of the imagination which does not involve real world, real characters or real incidents at all. Fiction may be based on a real life event and yet, most of the story will be of the writer’s own making while there may be a little bit of real facts involved. The main focus of fiction is to entertain and perhaps give the reader a sort of a life philosophy in the process. Fiction can be of many kinds such as popular fiction, genre fiction and literary fiction which are once again subdivided as fantasy, science fiction, mystery, thriller, horror and etc.
What is literary fiction?
First introduced during 1960, the term literary fiction stands for the kind of fiction that puts more emphasize on style, psychological depth and character rather than plot and story. The term ‘literary fiction’ is a term that has been found rather difficult to define. However, literary fiction falls in to the category that is usually categorized within the criteria used when judging written work for certain literary awards and such. Literary fiction is known to give a lot of attention to the subtext, such as indirect and in-depth means of revealing another characters’ nature which may give way to another dimension of the story.
What is the difference between literary fiction and fiction?
Fiction and literary fiction are most undoubtedly interrelated as literary fiction most definitely falls under the main category of fiction. Literary fiction is indeed, a smaller branch of fiction. However, literary fiction is known for its emphasize upon style and depth of the text whereas fiction in general mostly focuses on plot and the narrative and gives a broader viewpoint of the situation as opposed to the much closer and intimate viewpoint offered to the reader by the literary fiction.
Fiction is mostly referred to as commercial fiction and thus it has a larger reader base than the limited number of fans of literary fiction. This is due to the fact that commercial fiction is light and appeals to almost anyone whereas literary fiction is rather deep and thus concentrates on a good writing style and original, innovative thoughts. Thus, literary fiction is profound and discusses more serious issues and topics than the themes discussed in popular fiction which makes it a little too much of a heavy read for many. Literary fiction is thought provoking and it may change the way in which an individual may look at life after reading such work. Fiction however, is not known to be capable of providing that sort of an insight in to life.
It is the literary fiction that wins prestigious literary prizes whereas fiction does not have the necessary characteristics to fit in to the criteria that a literary prize requires. Literary fiction has a tendency to delve deep in to psychological depths whereas fiction merely touches the surface of a person’s character, making it superficial. Another more evident difference between the two works is the kind of language used in these two forms. While literary fiction utilizes more formal language in the works, popular fiction tends to use the more familiar colloquial language that is used in everyday life.
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