Another definition of literary fiction

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“What is called ‘literary fiction’ is a genre of its own. It has distinctive stylistic markers, such as banal protagonists (rather than extraordinary ones), settings that work as kinetic landscape for the themes, intense psychological depth, ambivalent or negative endings, a strong emphasis on the elements of linguistic manipulation, style, and theme over plot and sometimes even character, and of course … the intense concern about its message regarding the human condition. This of course and the fact that it visits certain thematic landscapes so often as to create its own tropes that border on the cliché—landscapes like childhood trauma, parental rejection, addiction, suicide (especially by siblings), and sexuality.”

—Chris Brecheen (here)