Literary fiction is too difficult to try, right? Wrong.
Firstly, what is it? I cannot define it. You will read everywhere the same thing: literary fiction is difficult to define but it is generally accepted as literature with unique content and aesthetic merit. I agree with this, but I can't help but feel there is something more to it.. something deeper that I can't get a grasp on. That definition is too easy - it doesn't really get at the commone essence of literary fiction.
So I will stop attempting to define it and get on with explaining what I like about it.
I acknowledge that literary fiction is more challenging than other forms of fiction, such as popular fiction or young adult. Having said that, my experience is this - some literary fiction is easy to read (Margaret Atwood for example) and some is more challenging (Salman Rushdie comes to mind).
That is on of the things that I love about literary fiction - the challenge. I get true satisfaction reading books that are written in unique and challenging language. I like that I have to work a bit harder for the ultimate reward.
You might have noticed a theme here - I don't like to think of literary fiction as difficult - rather as providing a rewarding challenge.