Song of the Day: Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles
To be honest, I have no idea. I will admit that I've noticed that most people read genre fiction. The YA market seems to be VERY HOT right now. I've read in quite a few places that romance dominates the book market.
I also see this trend on blogspot. I've noticed that the majority of blogs I come across are created and run by YA writers. I absolutely love YA. My two wonderful writer friends and adopted sisters, Pam and Quita, write and blog about YA. It's because of them that I have a better understanding about it. BUT I don't write YA. I write literary fiction, and I'm finding that it's hard to come by writers like me. It's quite the lonely world.
I officially decided that I wanted to write literary fiction last year. Okay, I admit that I like to rebel on certain things. At my MFA program there was a very heated debate about transparent writing v. translucent writing v. opaque writing. Many professors turned their noses up at the transparent writing and stated that they preferred literature that was opaque. I felt so strongly that I blogged about it. I said that people should write whatever they want to write about and that it shouldn't matter whether it was transparent or opaque. One isn't better than the other. At my program genre writing is frowned upon, though no one will openly admit this. I didn't like that and I think that's why I ended up even exploring women's fiction, romance, and YA. I wanted to show them that could write in a genre and write well. But, again, it wasn't for me. I was only doing it for the sake of "showing them."
I made my decision to write literary fiction anyway. I knew it was going to be hard, but I like a challenge. Things in my life have never come easy, and I guess writing is no exception. At the AWP conference this past February I saw my writer idol, Joyce Carol Oates and after hearing her speak, there was not a doubt in my mind that I wanted to write literary fiction. She is such an inspiration. She primarily writes literary fiction, but she also writes YA, mystery, and horror. She writes in all these genres and she is BRILLIANT. Her work is phenomenal and always leaves you mesmerized at the end. That's the kind of fiction I want to write.
There may be a point where I feel like writing in another genre, but for now, I'm focusing on literary fiction. I enjoy connecting with any writer in general, because where I am I just don't have the "writer support system." It would be nice though, to connect with writers who write what I write.
What do you think? Is literary fiction dying? Am I looking in the right places for writers who write it?