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Though the question title mentions scene level, the start of the question is about fiction categories. To flesh out the list of categories in the original question, Laura Whitcomb, in Your First Novel, mentions these categories of fiction: Armchair Mystery - general mystery, but with less sex and violence and milder language Chick-Lit - not a traditional ...


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Here's the money quote from a good article on the subject: In broad terms, literary fiction focuses more on style, psychological depth, and character and tends to be multilayered stories which wrestle with universal dilemmas rather than with plot. They usually provoke the readers beliefs and thoughts, often with an outcome of changing or altering their ...


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There's always the good old wikipedia definition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literary_fiction My take on it that it is often used to mean "serious" fiction (whatever that is), as opposed to fiction that is merely "entertainment". It often seems to be thrown about in the context of snobbery (that is, someone may not "read that airport bookshop rubbish" ...


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I'd say it's erotic if: 1) the sex is a major part of the action (not necessarily the plot) AND 2) the text is explicit enough that if it were a movie, minors couldn't see it. So something which has a lot of sexual contact but the "camera" always cuts away before the deed starts wouldn't be erotic. Something which describes sex in gauzy or vague terms ...


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To me, LitFic is fiction that is not a "page turner" (i.e. a story with only very direct surface themes, that gets you to the next page via suspense, but doesn't make you think about anything outside the context of the book itself), and is written to have serious shelf life (i.e. is both relevant and understandable to future generations). LitFic can also be ...


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In the sense you mean, it probably stands for general fiction, i.e. not romances, science-fiction, or mysteries. (Fiction that is "literary".) There's a lot of genre fiction that has excellent character development, but like anything else, the vast majority of anything is usually pretty bad. It may have other meanings as well. An agent I know uses this term ...


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The website maker should disallow additional tags created by the user. For example, if someone writes fiktion, the website should suggest the tag fiction as it does in StackExchange. I know this is feasible, but the coding is a bit hard (I have experience in website-making). Or when the reader types in (the inputbox) the letter f the input should suggest ...


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In addition to +1ing a couple other answers, I'd add: It seems to me that the breakdown of fiction into genres (including "literary") is an imperfect system that mostly serves commercial needs. Someone might read Twilight and go into a bookstore looking for something similar. The booksellers want to make that process as easy as possible, and to do that they ...


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Mary lowered her eyes. Should she really look up again. She wasn‘t sure. Was she prepared for that? Her heart pulsed like crazy. She had to do it. Now! Or it would be too late. With all the braveness she has left, she looked up. And there she still saw it: His bright smile, his warmful eyes. Yes, he was looking at her. The best day of her life! Mary lowered ...


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I would say that it is fiction written in an elevated style. Note, by "elevated" I do not mean necessarily superiour. Heinlein was mentioned above, and he falls into a second category: books that transcend their time period. If you write crappy genre fiction, and people are still reading it 200 years later, it magically becomes literature (just ask Alexandre ...


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Literary fiction is fiction you read so you can brag about having read it. If it ain't raining, you ain't training. If you aren't getting flak, you aren't over the target. And if you're enjoying a book, it isn't literary fiction. Some famous literary fictionists who are actually terrible writers: Cormac Macarthy Chuck Palahniuk Don DeLillo Alice Walker


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I think the wikipedia definition gets quite close to the essence. Additionally, you might think about the type of fiction meant to have an aesthetic value/quality, that is what literary fiction hopes to achieve in my view.



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