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  1. The difference between literary fiction and commercial writing is an interesting contrast played out by many fiction writers
  2. In contrast the story ?Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? written by Bob Dylan has a centrally man vs. man conflict.
  3. When reading ?The Storm? moral values are characterized in several different ways
  4. Contrasting ?The Storm?, is the dealing of morals in ?Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?.
  5. One reading is all it takes to be satisfied and to have gathered and contained all the necessary information in ?Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?.
  6. The differences between literary and commercial fiction, while wide, don't make one way of writing better then another.

The difference between literary fiction and commercial writing is an interesting contrast played out by many fiction writers. Literary fiction is known to be a more intelligent type of writing. The author usually includes in the story several underlying themes or subplots, trying to teach us something through the way they write. Commercial fiction plays more to the storybook plot and ending. It almost always ends with the happy ending and there usually is only one overriding theme throughout the story. The theme almost always plays on a famous motif, such as ?What goes around comes around?. Literary and commercial writing are two separate ways to write fiction and it's quite evident when reading the short stories ?Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? and the ?Storm? that the differences between these forms of writing are more than what appears on the surface.

[...] Then, one of the boys ends up being a stalker, a bad stalker, knowing everything possible about her and hanging outside of her home and trying aggressively to get her to go away with him. The story finishes with Connie finally giving in and going to be with Arnold. The story doesn't seem to go any deeper then that and doesn't contain any underlying themes. It's a very simple, yet not any less sophisticated style to write a piece of fiction. The differences between literary and commercial fiction, while wide, don't make one way of writing better then another. Literary may be better if your looking [...]


[...] There is the tension formed by the conflict of a man vs. man that isn't realized with a man vs. himself conflict. Connie isn't battling her own thoughts and self will, but rather the words and mind of another human being, Arnold. When reading Storm? moral values are characterized in several different ways. Some morals are shaded and kept secret until the end, while others are evident from the beginning. Throughout the story, Janet is scared and keeps repeating her wish that her husband Ben were home. [...]

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