Hi everyone! I've recently come across the idea that literary value + magic = the Literary Fantasy sub-genre. So I joined with a question for dedicated fantasy readers: Do you read Literary Fantasy as its own sub-genre? Or are you more likely to root around your preferred fantasy sub-genre (Epic, Urban, etc) for your next great read? BFB defines Literary Fantasy like this: "A lot of that has to do with the characters, who are unique, interesting, convincing. They are complex, and this allows the plot to develop in a more complex, yet intuitive way. The themes of the books and their development are compelling, and could be called uplifting, seeming to carry meaning beyond the story itself. Good literature does that, and that's why we value it. One good test of whether something can be classified as Literary Fantasy is if a person who does not like “fantasy” in general enjoys the book, it's probably safe to say it's literary." The message I'm getting is that Literary Fantasy is when great writing and magic power unite under one book cover. So if Literary Fantasy is the sub-genre shortcut to the best books that fantasy has to offer...do you use this shortcut? How do you browse Literary Fantasy compared to other sub-genres? And if you don't read Literary Fantasy in its own right, why do you choose not to? Would you consider your favorite fantasy books to also be Literary Fantasy (based on the definition above)? I'm trying to get a better sense of how this sub-genre is perceived and leveraged by the fantasy community. What do you think of Literary Fantasy, and how (if at all) do you use it to pick out your next book? Thanks.