Q: I see these two terms bandied about on almost every literary blog and Q&A: Literary fiction vs. Maintstream fiction. What are the differences between the two?–Rook V.
A: If I made a list of differences between literary and mainstream fiction, it'd look nearly identical to Janet Paszkowski's "Defining Artless Fiction: 24 Basic Differences Between Literary & Mainstream/Genre Writing," posted over at AbsoluteWrite.com. She gives a neat and straightforward breakdown. Plus, she makes my life easy as I can just link to it instead of writing out the list myself. I can even link to it under any heading I want:
God I love the Internet.
Brian A. Klems is the online managing editor of Writer’s Digest magazine.
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