General fiction books are not strictly categorised by any of the traditional genres like romance, thrillers, etc. Rather, they tend to draw from the essences of many different genres; often this form of creative writing is stylised to explore certain topics or characters. Fiction stories in this category will focus more on the quality and style of writing, while at the same time developing a plot or dramatic storyline.
Literary fiction books tend to be concerned more with considering and discussing society, politics and people. They are not so focused with plot and can follow a wide variety of themes. Literary fiction is intended to provoke thinking and contains many metaphors to explore ideas and issues associated with characters or surroundings.
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So what is Literary fiction? If you studied English literature at school or university then you certainly studied literary fiction. It forms a core part of studies due to the important messages and the in depth styles of writing. Much of the writing is spent developing complex and deep characters and trying to get you to understand and be emotionally involved.
There are many well known classic fiction stories in the literary fiction genre and the following give you an idea of the the kind books in this category. Some of the most important literary fiction books have also been made into movies or television series so you may be familiar with them – just not the original work. It’s highly recommended to read the book as you will get far more out of it.
Lord of the Flies (William Golding) is about a group of young boys stranded on an island after a plane crash. There are no adults and the boys have to group together to survive until rescue. As you can expect this is not so straightforward as rivalry becomes enhanced in very difficult circumstances. The novel looks at their struggles with power and the eventual descent into savagery. Despite them being boys there is a direct parallel with general human nature.
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a classic in the history of literature books. It was published in 1960 and the story takes place in 1930s Alabama. The book deals with issues of racial hatred and inequality in a small town after a young woman is raped. The author provokes our thinking about a time when racial inequality was commonplace.
The Catcher in the Rye (J. D. Salinger) is another literary classic. Written in 1951, it tells the story of a 17 year old boy struggling with school and exploring his place and purpose in the world. Like many other literary fiction books there is no obvious plot as the author draws us into the thoughts and desires of a single character.
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Black & White is a popular literary fiction drama by Lewis Shiner. This is a snippet: 'When he used his credit card to check in at the hotel it occurred to him that he was leaving an obvious trail. His parents could find him with little effort, if they wanted to. Whether they would bother was another question. He carried his things up to his room and used his cell phone to call Roger. In LA it was barely past 3 am, meaning Roger would be in full caffeine and nicotine stride, sending out long, rambling emails, flipping through reference books ... For more free ebook downloads please check out the menu on our homepage.