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    Hi Everybody

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kr.write, Jan 4, 2011.

    Hi,

    Found this forum and decided to join, hoping to make new friends with a similar interest.

    I live in Southern Indiana and I'm working on a novel. It aspires to be something between mainstream and literary.

    I also like to sketch and paint. Anybody else doubly damned? Ha.

    My favorite authors are Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Elizabeth Berg, Joyce Carol Oates...what are yours?

    K
     
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    Welcome. :)
    I like to draw, but I don't take it seriously so probably not quite doubly damned as you. :p
     
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    Hi and welcome from another new member. Maybe you can enlighten me, since I am not native english speaker I havent quite understood the difference between "literary" and "commercial" fiction?
     
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    Tesoro,
    Nowadays I think literary can be just a pretension but mainstream means it would defy being put in a genre like sci-fi or horror or romance and would appeal to a wide audience. Literary usually means a story that defies being put in a a strict genre too. A story that is literary is usually one with layers of meaning and is well crafted.

    A Harlequin romance would be a good example of commercial fiction but not mainstream because it fits into the romance genre and the plot mainly deals with romance.

    A mainstream novel might have a romantic subplot but it would be about something that deals with an issue that men and women might both be interested in. Jodi Piccault's novels are good examples of mainstream because they have alot more going on in them than just romance. They also are bordering on being literary. Her books are also commercial because you could find them at a Walmart, a grocery store, or at a college book store. They have a wide appeal.

    Literary fiction says something about the human condition usually. Something about the story will stick with you later, giving you things to ponder on. Most college writing courses focus on literary fiction. Some examples of authors who write/wrote lit. fiction: Margaret Atwood, Joyce Carol Oates, Donald Barthelome, Raymond Carver.... Some genre fiction reaches this level if it is very well written and it delves with the meaning of life, psychology, mythology, has symbolic meanings, good use of metaphors, etc. It can be dramatic or comedic but seldom simple.

    I hope this helps.

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    thank you so much for taking time to explain, it was a really good explaination :)
     
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    Stephen King is my favorite!
    Welcome to the boards ^.^
    And I also love to draw, and play piano :D
     
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    Thank you.

    Thank you all for replying to my post. Now I feel properly welcomed!;)
     
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    Hello KR, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Please read How to Use the Review Room before you post there. Posting your own writing for people to comment on should not be among the very first things you do here. It is worth taking the time to see what other people have done to improve their writing, and see if some of it applies to your writing as well. That is part of why we require members to review other members' work before posting their own for review. On the other hand, there are no restrictions, other than content and copyright rules, on showcasing your work in your member blog.

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