In search of something mindless to read, I was scoping through Fantastic Fiction and I briefly came across the ‘literary fiction’ section. I have no interest in literary fiction. Saying you write literary fiction is like an artist proclaiming they create ‘high art’ or a musician telling you their music only appeals to those with the finer sensibilities.

It’s just stories.

So if you’re planning on deconstructing the novel, if you want to reinvent narrative structure, if you decide to write a book without using the letter M*, crack on, but make it a good story, make it readable. Otherwise, as someone said about crap music, it’s just tuning up.



*Cormac McCarthy doesn’t follow the usual rules of grammar, for example, but he tells a story, so I have no complaints. Not that he’d care, I dare say.