Dime Store Fiction versus Literature
While we were having our own little drama here concerning whether mundane matters such as word choice and comprehensibility should inhibit the truly gifted writers among us, the "real world" has been having it own debate -- can genre fiction be considered "literature"? I offer no answer and expect none. I merely suggest the following interesting articles for your reading pleasure. They are not in any particular order, so you will have to do your own sorting.
Interesting subject. I think that the decision of whether or not a work of fiction is or isn't literature should be formed by the reader. When I was a child, I read every Hardy Boys book written - multiple times. Great literature? Not really, but they did transport me into exciting situations and gave me thrills unobtainable in my young life. I recently gave my 3rd grade grandson a Hardy Boys book, so they are still around. Longevity is one earmark of popularity, if not literature.
There are great writers, and there are great storytellers. Occasionally, they converge and create something of lasting quality that stays on the store bookshelves and in the minds of the readers. Most of us have probably gone through phases of reading different genre; I know I have. I went through a period of reading cheap science fiction paperbacks for a couple of years, back when I was penniless and a friend would buy them used by the grocery sack full. I would read them before he would trade them in for new ones. What set these different writers apart was the ability to create a believable, but totally alien, universe. Some did, and some didn't. I don't remember any authors, but I can remember a few of their worlds. After years of needing to read technical works to make a living, with a only few small windows for recreational reading, I'm now reading a lot of fiction again, and enjoying every minute of it. A line I read the other day just blew me away. "The old man sat at the end of the bar, nursing a life long rage and a glass of rye." How can you not love it?
To me, what makes a book literary is if I remember it 40 years later as something enjoyable. After all, reading is something that should be enjoyed.
|link||answered Nov 09 '12 at 10:48 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow|
To some, the term 'Dime Store' has a negative connotation associated with its meaning. I don't read anything that isn't going to further my education or is related to my fields of expertise. Therefore, reading 'literature'/Tom Clancy or 'Dime Store' novels have very little value or appeal to me. There are some people who find poetry powerful and moving, whereas I find poetry boring, stuffy and unnecessary. There are individuals, however, who believe they are better or more superior because they are intimately familiar with the works of Shelly or Lord Byron. I spend most of my time interpreting meaning in various things, so having to interpret something as null as poetry I find quite annoying.
With that being said, there is a difference between sharing one's knowledge with others and showing off. When I spot a show-off, in any forum, I tend to down vote that post. This is just my way of saying !@!# off! Show offs are troll makers and tend to invoke the wrath of Karma. Having lived the code of the warrior for most of my adult life, I believe that humility can be a grace-saver. Incidentally, I have only begun to comprehend, fully, the rules, forms and functions of grammar; therefore, grammar 'masters' may find fault with my writing.
|link comment||answered Aug 10 at 14:31 Gino Bernardo New member|
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