Understanding Upmarket Fiction Even More
Do you have any idea what upmarket fiction is? It is just another type of fiction which you may not know about yet. This is where you can learn about it very well.
Upmarket fiction is the mixture of literary and commercial. This is a type of fiction that has been used by many authors 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. For it to be classified on the market, there is an adjective used. That is the reason why you do not see an upmarket fiction category on the bookstores.
This type of fiction is into complex concepts and universal themes. But it does not forget to provide accessibility to the audience. It is made to be approachable to the people.
Below are the two examples of upmarket fiction.
One example is the “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel. It talks about a group of actors who are traveling to North America after a pandemic flu affected their area.
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.
For the commercial part, is the part when the characters in the story have to go through the obstacles. Another commercial part is the end of the story where every question has been answered.
“About a boy” is also an example of upmarket fiction. 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.
For the commercial part, it is when the language is used in order for the story to be more appealing to the audience. It is also talking about a “coming of age” that is commercial.
All the books should be classified by category. Even though upmarket is not a genre, it is still another task if an author to designate their books. Books that are already categorized into commercial, it does not totally mean that these books do not have a bit of literary on it. Same with a book categorized as literary, because there can still be parts of it that are commercial. What people like about upmarket fiction is the commercial potential it has and the excellent writing used.