Quote of the Day: A genre like any other

The important point, however, is that “literary fiction” is not defined by being well written, it is defined by the fact that it conforms to the expectations of the literary fiction genre.

Cheryl Morgan on the Booker Prize.

It is certainly true that literary fiction is a genre, with its own tropes, in exactly the way that SF, Fantasy and Crime fiction are all distinct genres. It would be nice, therefore, if the rest of the media recognised this and gave the Booker Prize exactly the same amont of attention as they give to all of the other genre awards.