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Old 08-15-2017, 02:42 PM
 
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I have been on the reading spree as of late and have been on the lookout for good, fun reads - mostly psychological thrillers and sci-fi stuff.

Now I am thinking about this whole notion of "true literature" and I am wondering where that line is drawn. Would you say that if the book is too easy to follow it is lacking merit? What if it still raises questions about morals and human condition or presents some controversies on certain social issues?

I have read many books by F.M. Dostoevsky and loved every word of those novels. I thought they were coherently written and definitely had impact on me when I was younger. On the other hand, reading some other classics like Robinson Crusoe or Farewall to Arms made feel like I was reading some bunch of freaking nonsense.

So what do you think, is there literary merit in "genre fiction"? And if so, what would be your examples of such books?
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Old 08-15-2017, 02:52 PM
 
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Great questions!

I don't read the classics -- I just don't like the writing styles of those times -- but I do believe that there is a lot of "true literature" and "literary merit" in contemporary works. My personal favorite fiction is what they call "domestic fiction" but what I describe as a fictional tale of something that *could* happen in real life. Those books are generally quieter -- as life often is -- and make me feel like I could be one of the characters or at least know one of the characters. It must be well-written, that's for certain, and, combined with the "could-be-true" story that I most like, give it -- for me -- literary merit.
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Old 08-15-2017, 03:56 PM
 
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I think it is that undefinable something that raises a book to the level of literature. It's what I look for in books. It's about the way words are put together and it doesn't necessarily mean that it is difficult to follow.

There is literary merit in some genre literature but not most of it.
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