Understanding Upmarket Fiction Even More
Do you have any idea what upmarket fiction is? There are some people who do not have any idea about it yet. This is where you can learn about it very well.
Upmarket fiction is the mixture of literary and commercial. This has been used decades ago already. Books in this fiction usually make the book appealing to the readers. It has a good writing and composed with an exciting storyline to the readers.
The unique thing about upmarket fiction is that it is a combination of two different fictions – the commercial and literary fiction. However, remember that upmarket fiction is not a genre. An adjective is used in order for it to be classified on the market. That is the reason why you do not see an upmarket fiction category on the bookstores.
Complex concepts and universal themes are what can be found on upmarket fiction. It also gives way for the public to have access on it. The main goal of upmarket fiction is to be approachable to the audience.
Two examples of upmarket fiction are the following:
“Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel is the first in the list. The story goes about a group who is going to North America to escape a pandemic flu affecting their place.
The literary part about this is the elements of science fiction, suspense, and horror embedded in the story. The part of the story where the characters develop hope and virtues inherent in humanity is also literary.
The commercial part of the story is when the characters undergo many obstacles. The end of the novel is also commercial wherein all the questions are already answered.
Another example of upmarket fiction is the “About a boy”. In this story two different people meet, one is an ageing bachelor and the other is a twelve-year-old boy.
The literary part of it is when the plot talks about how their relationship as both men will go. It has a literary part on it because it is not categorized.
The language being used to be appealing to the audience is the commercial part. The “coming of age” story about it is also commercial.
Books have to be classified into categories. Another task of an author is to designate the books they have created. Even though you designate a book into commercial, there can still be some literary part on it. Literary-classified books can also have some portions of it that are commercial. The good thing about upmarket fiction is that it is composed with a good writing but at the same time has commercial potential on it.