Genre & Literary Fiction | What's the Difference?



what's the difference between literary and genre fiction we'll stay tuned and we're going to talk about just that I'm Anna Jaeger flash fiction online if you want more content like this I don't ever go patreon and become a patriot of flash fiction online patrons get lots of great rewards including issues of the magazine manuscript critiques and personal coaching for writers if you're watching this on YouTube make sure to subscribe and ring that little bell for notifications so you never miss an episode so what's the difference between literary and genre fiction genre fiction and all of its multiple subcategories and subgenres things like romance horror science fiction and fantasy crime mystery no more I could go on and on and on is written for the purpose of entertainment literary fiction on the other hand is intended to help the reader better understand the world literary fiction doesn't have all the same subcategories as genre fiction you primarily will just hear refer it to as literary fiction now that's not to say that genre fiction can't make you see the world in a new way and that literary fiction isn't entertaining but yeah it's true for either size some drama fiction can bitch to be very straightforward without any kind of elevated theme to it and quite a few literary stories can mean not so entertaining yeah just got on a limb and say that genre fiction is considered to be plot driven while literary fiction tends to be character driven or theme driven the language in literary fiction is also elevated and by elevated I mean it's kind of fancy it's also beautiful and can in its own way be a type of prose poetry that's evocative of whatever theme or point the literary writer is trying to get across so when you read literary fiction after you've read it for a while you kind of get the feel of this is literary and awards you should write literary fiction if you want to make money you should write genre again it's not to say this can't cross over but the vast majority of major awards every year go to literary fiction now there are awards within the genre fiction community the Hugo's the nebula is the Stoker's the Rita is all that okay but when we're talking about big major huge awards like the Booker Prize the Pulitzer literary fiction but it comes to making money the ones keeping the lights on in the bookstores that's genre these two things are not mutually exclusive well it seems like it would be pretty cut-and-dried of this is genre and this is literary it's actually not and the line gets more and more blurred every day they're quite a few stories and novels that cross over from one to the other things like literary romance literary horror literary mystery literary fantasy all these things exist and those are the crossover books that incorporate the best elements of both sides a great example of a literary fantasy novel is the Night Circus the writing is beautiful and elevated and it is character driven but at the same time it's also plot driven and the book was a huge success but as a general rule it's hard to cross over because people are so firmly ensconced in I write genre I write literary I read Chandra I read literally this is a very polarizing topic people are gonna be seated very firmly in either the literary or the genre camp yes well there are some though we're actually willing to read books that crossover most people have a very distinct favorite and not just a favorite this idea that one style is better than the other and people are very serious about their feelings people are so polarized about this topic that you'll even hear them describe literary fiction in its highbrow and genre fiction is lowbrow as if somehow genre fiction can't live up to whatever standard it is that literary is writing but on the other hand people who enjoy genre fiction will say I can read this from start to finish I can sit down and tear through it where as literary fiction you got to work United Day goodness now it's quite so exciting so just because they're called highbrow and lowbrow that doesn't mean one is any better than the other it's just a matter of personal preference and what you're looking for in a story and this is an important thing to know if you're submitting short stories for publication literary magazines and genre magazines are going to operate very differently now there are exceptions to this but as a general rule genre magazines will not charge you to submit a story and if they decide to publish your story they're going to pay you I not be a lot but the theory within genre fiction is that money moves from the publisher to the author and this goes back to the old pulp traditions on the other hand literary magazines will quite often charge a reading fee or a submission fee it could cost you anywhere from $3 to $25 and up in order just to submit a story to a magazine and then if they decide to publish your story you probably are going to get paid well it's true that some of the larger literary magazine is things like the New Yorker and the Sun pick quite a bit of money for stories most literary magazines don't now there is an element of gatekeeping involved in this you can't submit a story if you can't afford to pay that's up for a bit of debate and again it goes back to being very polarizing is it okay to be a gatekeeper is it okay to say that if you can't pay a fee you can't submit or in genre fiction everybody can submit that doesn't mean everybody will get published and then it's a perfect world but that bar of injury is much lower if you enjoyed this video go ahead and give it a thumbs up I would really appreciate it leave me a comment down below and let me know if you like literary fiction genre or if you're a fan of crossover so just leave down below literary genre or crossover and I know what you mean in the next video I'll talk about five common misunderstandings that people have between genre and literary fiction I'm NDA's for flash fiction online 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