By: Vinita Dawra Nangia
When I emerge from a book feeling I have lived the story myself; when I find it tough to shake off the feel for days to come; when I miss the characters in the story as if they were real; when I find myself referring to incidents in the book as if they actually happened; when I find it tough to start reading another book for some days - I know I have read literary fiction!
A piece of popular fiction makes you feel happy and relaxed but need not leave you thinking and elevated, as literary fiction does. The basic difference between the writer of commercial or popular fiction and a writer of literary fiction is that the former just wants to tell a story, while the latter also takes up the challenge of experimenting with the elements that go into the art of story-telling and ends up leaving a more lasting impact.
Craft over story
As you read popular/mainstream/commercial fiction, it is easy to get lost in the story to the exclusion of everything else. However literary fiction invites you to enjoy the language, the turn of phrase, the craft of the story, feel the experiences and to imbibe the message the writer wishes to convey.
Ideas & Emotions
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