First, from Mel J., Ursula LeGuin on the distinction between lit fic and genre fic:
To get out of this boring bind, I propose an hypothesis:
Literature is the extant body of written art. All novels belong to it.
The value judgment concealed in distinguishing one novel as literature and another as genre vanishes with the distinction.
Every readable novel can give true pleasure. Every novel read by choice is read because it gives true pleasure.
Literature consists of many genres, including mystery, science fiction, fantasy, naturalism, realism, magical realism, graphic, erotic, experimental, psychological, social, political, historical, bildungsroman, romance, western, army life, young adult, thriller, etc., etc…. and the proliferating cross-species and subgenres such as erotic Regency, noir police procedural, or historical thriller with zombies.
Some of these categories are descriptive, some are maintained largely as marketing devices. Some are old, some new, some ephemeral.
Genres exist, forms and types and kinds of fiction exist and need to be understood: but no genre is inherently, categorically superior or inferior.
This makes the Puritan snobbery of “higher” and “lower” pleasures irrelevant, and very hard to defend.'
Well, that was just stone cold awesome, ma'am.
I confess, fantasy is not one of my favorite genres – but what do you think. Do you agree with this list?
And finally: a few books on sale, and a big ol' sale!
- Hope in a Jar by Beth Harbison * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S | ARe
- Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S |
- The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S |
- The Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S |
- Kilts & Kraken by Cindy Spencer Page * $.99 * A | BN | K | S | ARe
- Slow Summer Kisses by Shannon Stacey * $.99 * A | BN | K | S | ARe
About that last one – Slow Summer Kisses – I really enjoyed that novella. It was realistic and funny and adorable – and worth picking up for $3.00.
And, it's time for the Amazon Big Deal in romance – and there's a ton of other genres as well. Most books are between $.99 and $3.99. Thanks to Heather and many other's for the OMGYAY and the heads up!
So, what are you buying?