Let’s NOT Call It Up-Lit: Your Fiction Prescription in a World Gone Bonkers

Yes, it’s true! Tara Sparling should have been called Sibyl… 😛 Here’s her prediction for a literary-genre response to any Sociopathic event horizon you can throw a bunch of rocks at – such fun things to look forward to? Enjoy, if you dare… 😉

Tara Sparling writes

I nearly didn’t write this post. This is because there’s a new catchy genre category in town, and any catchy title which involves clumsy generalisations for a whole bank of literature is guaranteed to make me either angry, or nauseous. Not being a fan of either of those states, I’d rather not, thanks.

But try as I might, I can’t get away from a good book discussion topic, so just allow me to stash this slightly soiled, burnt handkerchief, and get on with it.

(By the way, this post is Easter pun-free. Have a happy one anyway.)

Let's NOT Call It Up-Lit: Your Fiction Prescription For A World Gone Bonkers

Anyhoo, I’ve been ferreting around in the Guardian again. This new genre category is called “up-lit”, and it’s referring to the current trend in popularity for books which focus on the brighter side of the human condition.

We’re talking about books with characters who are kind, generous, community-minded, fond of old people or young animals, and who generally…

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