Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Fantastic post on conceptual fiction by Ted Gioia that should inspire some thought. The opening question is a good one: "Is it possible that the idea of "realism" as a guiding principle for fiction is itself unrealistic?"

Working in fairy tale myself, I would answer 'yes.'

I wouldn't agree with everything in the post - certainly, some academics aren't blinded by 'genre' - but I do see the need for a greater understanding of the kind of conceptual thinking that is undertaken in what remains termed as genre fiction.

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