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The Most Dangerous Game

by Richard Edward Connell

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Is "The Most Dangerous Game" an example of commercial or literary fiction?

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I am quite sure that “The Most Dangerous Game” is classified more as commercial fiction than literary fiction. For a story to be commercial fiction, it must possess characteristics that ultimately make it a form of pure entertainment. The plot, setting, theme, and characterizations all follow a certain criteria designed exclusively to amuse the reader. The author uses simple methods for presenting his ideas to grasp the audience’s attention. "The Most Dangerous Game" takes place in a very improbable atmosphere, much like the fairy tales of long, long ago and far, far away. This is consistent with a commercialized fiction experience.

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