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Commercial Fiction vs Literary Fiction

The Caste System of Fiction

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 06.19.2012 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

I've read great books, good books, mediocre books, and books so awful they damaged my eyes, and it wasn't genre that determined their ranking. Which formative reading hours would I have lost if the book police determined my choices?

Is Oprah Sexist? Should Authors Say Less and Write More?

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

So Oprah picked Jonathan Franzen's new novel for her Book Club, despite the hullabaloo about the amount of "sexist" press coverage his new novel was getting. Does that make Oprah sexist?

Lit Versus Commercial Fiction: Writer Wars?

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

It saddens me seeing writers buy into a class war. In today's market, lit looks down on commercial, which look down on genre, which eschew whatever is lower on the literary food chain.