>>7308314 True. It sucks because I could probably name a few shows that really nail the idleness and joys of SoL. But any book I can think of is just not great when compared against them. A lot of books try too much to be about something, when SoL is really supposed to be about nothing important. It's weird to try and grok but SoL is all about simple stuff and being happy with it. No the the trails and adventures we see in other genres.
Though for me it just a lot more black and white as far a genres go. Idk why I chose this hill to fight on.
>>7311999 Fiction or nonfiction depicting the average life some person or animal.
Any story can't be slice of life because it precludes large adventures. If the story is about a series of atypical events happening to some character then it doesn't count since it is not a slice of their life but a separate part of their life.
Slice of life doesn't really make good literature. It is static and uneventful. It works well for endless, episodic, gentle drama like anime or soap opera but most books have a beginning middle and end, a rise and a fall, the dramatic event that is the focus of the story and changes things fundamentally.
It's also would be quite dull to read, would work more as a visual drama, light popcorny fare, but there would be little tension and motivation to read endless texts where little happens.
There's lots of large family saga works that go on for many novels but they are only superficially like slice of life, or there are timeless works like sherlock holmes where the same character and situation is basically reused but that's not much like slice of life either.
>>7316787 Do you have any examples? Suppose there might be novels like that but all the ones about the mundane usually have something cool going on to contrast with the boring, something just out of grasp to make the boring deeper.
Then again slice of life aren't really boring they are rather realistically small scale but not painfully dull. Watching everyday things happen hold a fascination for most people, reading about them would soon get old.
>>7316814 Most examples I can think of are japanese and untranslated but the good ones often play around primarily with the "genre conventions" by focusing on things like narrative/character voices, subversing generic situations, parodying, adding more humor, and so on. A well-done example would be daitoshokan while the most generic possible would be mizuiro. Other works may take it to an extreme and attempt to be an antithesis (thinking of oretsuba here). In general otaku culture explores very extensively slice-of-life but most people aren't that aware because they can only indulge in anime, while SoL has dominated visual novels for more than a decade now.
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