Literary Fiction Book Tag !

Literary Fiction Book Tag !

hi everyone its Alex and today I'm here to do a tag video I was tagged by Jasmine at Jasmine's reads with her own original tag it is the literary fiction book tag I'm really chuffed that jasmine tagged me because I would say literary fiction is definitely swear to the household genre that I read and talked about on my channel although right from the gate with the questions here with question one about how do i define literary fiction I think in its entirety this is a very good tag so I would really describe literary fiction as sort of a two-parter on one hand I would say I think it's any book that seeks to go beyond just solely entertaining me as a reader and I say that because I I don't know if anyone else does this but when I walk into a bookstore I do feel like I'm aware of this sort of element of being persuaded by a book it's sort of a lore that whether or not I may purchase it so I'm always aware that books themselves you know they do have a monetary value otherwise with the publishing business there wouldn't be a difference between books that aren't published in books that are so for me I think what are you fiction it's sort of like well worth my money in a way I think other genres have merit that are very much worth your time and your money but for me I find literary fiction so rewarding because I do get that entertainment value but I also do feel like it teaches me a lot about myself and the world especially and then with a bit of more of a textbook definition of literary fiction I would describe it as any book that encourages a reader's input on creating a cultural commentary about how the text reflects the world at large and with that definition I was very wary and careful about not using words like political or social and reflection to commentary because I don't think literary fiction has to do any of those things I think it still can be cultural because I feel like that's sort of how classics are made how classics really reflect the world in which it was written and I also don't think this is exclusive to literary fiction again I think other genres are capable of doing this but I feel like usually the hoopla about literary fiction is that it becomes in ways sometimes controversial I think a perfect example of that is a little life by hanya yanagihara whenever that made its rounds a few years ago but my favorite thing about this idea of commentary and how it reflects culture is that because I think with the readers input that I mentioned I think the writer really trusts through literary fiction that the reader like wants to feel encouraged to sort of make these assumptions about what the writers intentions are question to ask name a literary fiction novel with a brilliant character study I have two options here I have Morin from amongst women and I also have Sylvie from housekeeping I think what makes both of these characters so compelling is that many of their body of characteristics is made by the people around them so with Morin it's likely or almost entirely at the sort of assumptions made by his children as they're growing up and then we have Sylvie who's constantly sort of analyzed by her nieces and with Sylvie and mourn in particular they're both I would say a bit detached from feeling self-aware about how people think about them sometimes only because they're so caught up in their own thoughts that as readers we don't entirely get access to with Sylvie I would say it's like kind of largely based on her own depression that I can remember and then with Morin I would say it's much more out of stubbornness but with Morna specially thinking of character study I think it's amazing how John mcgahren writes him as the standoffish stubborn man but who in his arguments with his children especially is quite revealing towards his tenderness and vulnerability but so much of that feels essential to how what I already get to know about the children and how they talked about their father meanwhile with Sylvie we have her sort of interacting more I would say less with people but more so her environment there is one scene in particular in housekeeping I think about all the time where Sylvie is out I think standing on a frozen lake just sort of lost in her thoughts and Ruth who's our narrator in housekeeping she just watches her and I don't know why to me that's such like a and haunting scene but I think about it constantly question three asks to name a literary fiction novel with experimental or unique writing for this I would definitely say days without end by Sebastian Berry it follows a character by the name of Thomas and you can immediately tell that you get thrown into this sort of disarray with how you have your preconceptions about language it takes a bit of adjusting with getting used to Thomas's vernacular because we realize as you read the book that Thomas doesn't have much of an education so to me I feel like where Thomas has these scenes in the book as he's admits the Indian Wars and describing this brutal nature of violence that he's exposed to he relies so much on feeling and trying to articulate his feelings and goes beyond sort of what he witnesses on the battle scene and dives into his relationships with other people I've said this before but I feel like days without end has probably the best first chapter I've ever read in a literary fiction book I feel like not enough people talk about days without end even though it like won a ton of awards so if you haven't read it yet I really encourage you to do so question 4 is to name a literary fiction novel with an interesting structure and I would go with the remains of the day by Kazuo Ishiguro this follows a character by the name of Stevens who is a butler but he's being basically sent away on vacation because he worked so hard he has a new employer so throughout the timeline of this book it actually only takes presently within the span of a few days but we understand sort of intermittently throughout the book that Stevens is reflecting on his past thinking about things like his past employer his previous sort of encounters and experiences as a butler and especially with his co-workers and sort of distancing himself despite feeling very much confronted by how he sort of set aside his own more personal feelings that's separate from his own committed sense of professionalism especially sort of sacrificing his own romantic desires I read this a few years ago and I remember really liking it I really should reread it but I remember especially I loved the ending and I just loved Stephens development with this constant sense of evolving as a person question 5 asked to name a literary fiction novel that explores social themes and again I have two answers here I want to mention the new me by Haley Butler and I also want to mention convenience-store woman by SIA camerado so big shout out to probably the two most depressing books I've read this year and both of these books also deal with the concept of the workplace or just work in general in the new me we follow Millie who is just really trying to make it by with the jobs that she's given and I feel like really Millie is someone that believes in hard work and doing good work but where there's so much miscommunication that we understand between other characters it's as if it's often a mistake in that her sense of doing well is mistaken as some sort of diabolical aloofness and inconvenience dorwan we follow Kiko who actually is doing quite well does hard work does good performance at work but where she works in a convenience store it really turns heads especially with her sister that doesn't really understand why she would want to stay there and also most importantly maybe remain single and with both of these works really I feel like in our time of contemporary literature we're really in this sort of like quirky phase where like things come off a sort of deadpan and sort of inviting that way but to me I feel like both of these books are like self-aware for like being and that sort of marketability with publishing but I feel like it's so much more than being passed off as being fun and light-hearted I think actually with the social thumb attic implications of these books it really talks about sort of the depressing nature of quality of life mixed in with professionalism especially the reason I mentioned two books here is because with convenience-store woman I don't really know a lot about like work culture and Asian cultures so I mentioned the new meme because it does talk more about like an American work environment Milly's case for me I think is just sad that she really is trying her best but she just doesn't meet the rewards of believing in the sort of system we have about work and job placement and just being a hard worker that institutions like schools have ingrained in us to believe that if you just work hard enough you'll get what you want and with Kiko even though she's happy with her work placement she still met with sort of an onslaught of negative projections from people like her sister and also a very annoying co-worker that tried to tell her that her life basically isn't enough question six asked me to name a literary fiction novel that explores the human condition for this I'd have to give it to a month in the country by jail card and I say this because I'm so impressed with how small it is because it's quite short but it deals with the character by the name of Tom and he's a veteran and he's moving to this town of ox Godby where he finds that he finds pleasure in sort of this small town I guess world life even though he's there to restore a painting I really think this book is about finding solace with the passage of time and not to feel so hesitant that maybe in your life you haven't done enough or even if you've had these sort of experiences that have clear beginnings and endings like for Tom in the war but also having a marriage that fell apart I think it's really optimistic to know apart from the beautiful writing in this book with ideas of nature and just a human connection I think with such again thinking about wings with this book it's amazing to me how much that jail car was able to sort of discuss and really create this sense of purpose and fulfillment and having a meaningful life and what that means question 7 asked me to name a brilliant literary hybrid novel and I'm gonna give this to a very recent read that I loved and that is the stone Diaries by Carol shields the sense of being a hybrid to me is definitely the sense of mixing fiction and autobiography in this case Carol shields is using the stone Diaries to talk about this character by the name of Daisy so it's just really an autobiography of Daisy's life from birth to death so it disguises itself as feeling like it's nonfiction but it's not so where we are given in the stone Diaries all of Daisy's life you would make you think that you can point out all the details about what makes a life so for me I think what made this so literary is really pinpointing sort of how do we define our experiences or what sort of makes us conclude that this is my experience that I own this part of what I live this is especially interesting in Daisy's case because there are so many profound specific memories of her life that she holds very dear to her sadly in ways through suffering or feeling guilty or severe grief one example was that in Daisy's birth her mother unfortunately passes during childbirth and then another is that Daisy quickly becomes a widow on her honeymoon as her partner falls to his death from a windowsill but with these two experiences Daisy never actually witnesses them of course being a baby you want to be able to be conscious to remember your mother dying and then as her husband falls off the windowsill there's this clear description that Carol shields writes about how Daisy was on the bed and sort of rousing herself to feel awake and open her eyes and she clearly instead hears the sound of what sounds like a watermelon splitting and we even get this sort of emphasis or idea or importance of the idea of a witness that I think is so amazing that Carol shields talks about the quote says life is an endless recruiting of witnesses it seems we need to be observed in our postures or extravagance or shame we need attention paid to us our own memories all together to cherishing which is the kindest thing I can say for it other accounts are required other perspectives but even so our most important ceremonies birth love and death are secured by whomever whomever and whatever is available what chance what Caprice in finally in question eight what do I wish was ajahn rrah that mixed more often with literary fiction and I would actually give it to books like the stone diaries I would love more fiction to be sort of mingled with nonfiction or Auto fiction if you will I am constantly fascinated by how writers sometimes choose to opt for fiction to talk about sort of what's inspired by their own life a perfect example would be amongst woman by John Megerian which I mentioned earlier because I read meg Aaron's memoir recently called all will be well and it's clear that there's so much sort of infused from that that's an amongst woman to me what makes my sort of a job or what I would maybe define it that way because I want to because I enjoy it is thinking about the ethical implications of nonfiction weaved into fiction and it's amazing to me because on one hand we have the writer who might feel more comfortable choosing fiction but then again thinking of the publishing world I highly doubt that there would be a market ability as sort of rewarding to say hey here's this Witter a fiction book but it's inspired by the author's life because I think and so by admitting to that in a way the writer loses some sense of authority because I feel like readers automatically assume that they're going to be manipulated by the writer trying to falsify this information or at least trying to warp it in a way that they'd like and I also think by sort of playing with fiction and nonfiction it encourages readers to sort of examine writers more and not just the book itself I think to me a sort of what spirals me into my love of reading is whenever I read a writers body of work so an example would be like me reading many of Virginia Woolf spokes and realizing how her fiction is so inspired by what's made up of her own life and clearly then there's potential there's potential for people to really fall in love with this idea of loving your life so much that you choose to write about it think about it all the time and even thinking of nonfiction when I think of books or at least nonfiction writers like Mary Karr or Joan Didion I'm so compelled by their nonfiction work because it reads like literary fiction so to me I think there's a lot of potential so finally I'm gonna tag a bunch of people I there's some people I know on here that love literary fiction and some people I'd just be really curious to hear what they say so first I have to booktubers that are kind of new her to me so I have Ross from a journey through books and I have Jenny from bookish shenanigans I'd also like to tag Jack from Jack the bibliophile Sonja an enthusiastic reader Doris at all D books Alex from Big Al books Shawn the book maniac Adam a memento mori' leo at a little books life Laura from Laura Frye and of course Steve Donahue because he smells so that was a literary fiction book tag Thank You jasmine for tagging me and if I didn't tag you in this video please feel free to do it as always thanks for watching and I'll see you next time

3 thoughts on “Literary Fiction Book Tag !

  1. I am fascinated by books that are heavily inspired by the author's life too, like when I found out Little Women is so much based on Louisa Alcott's life to the point of her also being one of four sisters and one of her sisters died when she was young. Weirdly I almost trust an author in a fiction book to be more truthful than in non fiction. Because even though they have probably manipulated things to make a better story I think it is often easier to be emotionally truthful behind the security of fiction than trying to open up in something like a memoir or autobiography where you're more likely to be personally judged.

  2. This is so interesting to listen to, I love how eloquent you did this tag. And thank you for tagging me!

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