Category Archives: Genres

What Is Speculative Fiction?

Today, by request, I’m going to take a crack at pinning down a definition for that mysterious term “speculative fiction.” [For more definitions and genre musings, check out the rest of my “What Is Genre Series” here!] If you’re a … Continue reading

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The Differences Between Commercial and Literary Fiction

I have blogged about this before, once to postulate a theory about literary fiction and once to clarify and defend commercial fiction. These are two of the most popular posts on my site in comments, shares, and searches. Obviously, this is … Continue reading

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What Is Commercial Fiction?

And why you should stop assuming it’s trash.  Myth: The quality of writing in commercial fiction is low.  Myth: Commercial fiction is less intelligent than literary fiction.  Myth: Commercial fiction isn’t “deep.”  Myth: Commercial fiction is trashy.  Myth: Commercial fiction … Continue reading

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What Is Literary Fiction?

And why you should stop assuming you hate it. Myth: Anything you read in school is literary fiction. Myth: “Intellectual” works are automatically literary fiction. Myth: Literary fiction is always boring/has no plot. Myth: Literary fiction is always wordy. Myth: … Continue reading

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