I’m not talking fiction, I’m talking Fiction.
Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction (whatever), Fantasy, and children’s books just don’t count. Love the stuff, but I’m in the mood for regular Fiction.
I’ve been craving capital-F Fiction, like John Irving. Fiction that suspends disbelief, but is not presented as "real."
Do you know what I mean?
Like Dickens, too. Quirky characters, and plot rich with twists and turns that delight.
Don’t get me wrong. I love Lee Child, Barry Eisler, Joseph Finder, Robert Littell, (why ARE they all men, darnit?!) and Marcus Sakey. But it all feels REAL. They do tons of research to make their books REAL.
Take John Irving. Take Dickens. Even take Neil Gaiman (not sure if he counts, because he’s kinda fantasy). Their fiction isn’t real. It’s kinda plausible. But they use damn good storytelling to suspend your disbelief.
It’s not like 24, where you have to manually put your disbelief on a shelf.
Irving, Dickens, Gaiman, they all use great craft to suspend your disbelief.
Right now, that’s three authors. I’m on a search for more. Who have I forgotten? Missed? Fantasy and Sci-Fi don’t count, nor does Horror or Paranormal. I’m looking for straight fiction with a capital F.
And if anyone can show me a Thriller with a capital F, you get triple bonus points.