No. It is not.
Naturally, my answer cannot be anything but. I read a variety of genres, from suspense to young adult, but literary fiction is the genre I gravitate to most when reading (and writing).
But it is not everyone's favorite.
Literary novels are often perceived as boring and lacking urgency or creativity, as being slow paced and devoid of action.
For me, literary fiction is like good wine - each word should be savored and enjoyed, slowly and deliberately. Let the words come alive and paint a vivid picture, sing to your soul. But it's the middle of July, and heat radiates from every leaf and blade of grass along the lake road, from the tar-papered sides of the lake cottages, from the dust that hands in the air like sheer curtains - Julie Orringer, The Smoothest Way is Full of Stones.
Perhaps it comes down to wrong expectations - they are not page-turners that can be (or should be) browsed through or read in one night - that defeats their purpose.
Do you enjoy literary fiction? Why or why not? What is your favorite literary fiction title?