|So what genre would you assign|
to this book? Oh, I know!
It has to be about an
Ki'shto'ba who labors at
destroying termite colonies
by abducting their Queens!
Jane Dougherty recently wrote a blog post entitled Does Literary Have to Mean Dull and Boring? She defines literary fiction as "something that could never be accused of being genre fiction." She goes on to say, "since authors are obliged to fit their work into a genre when pitching it to publishers and agents, or just to sell it on Amazon," anything that didn't fit in a genre was disqualified as poor literary production, in effect. "In the label 'genre' writing there is an implicit sneer," she says. She mentions "magical realism," saying, "our magical realism is just plain fantasy (I wrote that with a sneer)."
As for "magical realism," I've only read one example -- Isabel Allende's House of the Spirits. It's full of fantastical elements, of course, but it's also very dark and not particularly comfortable to read. It's never boring, though. I would say, if having seriousness of purpose makes a book boring for you, well, then most literary fiction would fall in that category. And most of my books have a serious purpose, even the termite epic, so I guess I have the only literary termite people in existence!