Book Review: Popular Fiction

This section contains reviews of various literary pieces which belong to the 'Popular Fiction' category. It also invites reviews from readers who have read books in the 'Non Fiction' category.

What is Popular Fiction?

By 'Literature' we commonly mean works by such writers as Jane Austen, James Joyce, Salman Rushdie etc. On the other hand, authors such as Agatha Cristie, Stephen King etc are known as successful 'Popular Fiction' writers.

Both these genres have distinct characteristics. Usually Popular Fiction is written, keeping in mind the masses as target audience. Thus such fictional work involves quite a bit of sensationalism and provides a kind of escapist entertainment to its readers from the mundane reality. Literature on the other hand is most importantly the artist's self expression. The readers' reaction to his work is his secondary concern. Joyce's Ulysses therefore is extremely difficult to understand without a guidebook that explains its multilevel connotations.

Characterization is usually flat in a work of Popular Fiction whereas, in Literature, characters are more lifelike and holistic.

Literature concerns itself with creativity and originality while Popular Fiction has more to do with production and hard work. Thus writers of Popular Fiction tend to be prolific. Agatha Cristie, for example published close to 90 novels and story collections over about 60 years. Emily Bronte on the other hand produced only one prose work, Wuthering Heights, in her entire lifetime.

At the same time, many Classics of today were popular fiction at the time they were written. The highest example of this would perhaps be Shakespeare's plays which were written for the masses with their share of buffoonery. These same plays have become classics of the highest order. Dickens' work has been a best seller at his time. Yet all Popular Fiction is not Literature. Each has a different readership.

Popular fiction again will have its distinct sub-genres like Action Adventure, Romance,Crime, Fantasy, Detective, Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction etc

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