ArmchairBEA 2013 – Literary Fiction
Today’s topic of discussion is Literary Fiction and we are going to let our human, Cameron, handle this one, murr! =^.^=
I’m not sure whether to be flattered or concerned that Willow and Sara have left me to tackle this topic on my own. O.o
When I think of literary fiction, I often think of the classics. But as I came to learn in college, that’s not always the case. Literary Fiction is any book that is considered to hold literary merit. It’s basically any writing that has received critical acclaim and it’s what I like to call, straight fiction. And in truth, outside of school, I don’t really read it all that much because it doesn’t really appeal to me.
Now before anyone decides to chastise me for this, allow me to say that I do read some literary fiction, it’s just not the first thing that I reach for when I want a bit of light reading.
Works of literary fiction that I want to read include The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, and Life of Pi by Yann Matel. I also am interested in reading JK Rowling’s A Casual Vacancy, but that’s more out of curiosity rather than an undying need.
Now I’d like to point out the fact that almost all of the titles above were made into movies. And before anyone asks, yes, I’ve seen all of them. The movies are what actually drove me to be interested in the novels because I love to contrast the film version with its original book. I also like to see what scenes weren’t included in the film adaptation, which were expanded on, etc. I’m not ashamed to say that sometimes I prefer the movie over the book. Case in point, The Princess Bride by William Goldman. While I liked the book, the film adaptation is by far my favorite. I’ve seen that movie so many times, I can recite it in my sleep.
Of course, not every critically acclaimed novel gets turned into a movie…though nowadays such a slight if you will is almost unheard of. You can bet that I’ll be one of the first person’s in line for The Night Circus if/when that movie ever comes out. By far that book was one of my all time favorite reads last year. Seriously, if you’ve not read it yet, you are missing out on a great story!
So what works of literary fiction have you read recently? What titles would you recommend that I and the felines check out? Have you read any of the titles that I listed above? Please feel free to share your suggestions in the comments below. And as always, thank you for visiting What the Cat Read. 😀