The criteria for an Airport novel is simple. They must be fast paced, easy to read, relatively engaging, and not involve too much complex thought.
The Airport novel genre is fairly unique in that it is not defined by solely by its content. This genre contains novels that are suitable to be read while travelling, and fit into a certain criteria. An Airport novel cannot be only of that genre, but will most likely also fall into at least one of the following genres: Thriller, Detective fiction, Crime fiction, Legal thriller, and Historical romance.
The criteria for an Airport novel is simple. They must be fast paced, easy to read, engaging, and not involve too much complex thought. The reader should be able to maintain an interest in the book even while standing in lines, waiting for baggage, and waiting for delayed flights. The Airport novel should also be able to last the distance - the read needs to take longer than a couple of hours. These books are pulpy, easy to carry, and easy to discard after finishing them. Chances are, most of the books in the newsagent at your airport will fit into this category.
The genre of Airport novel is fairly derogatory. It infers that the book is of little more value than making a boring travel experience mildly less boring, and offers nothing thought provoking or philosophical. It's like the junkfood of literature, if you will.
Here at illiterarty, we categorise books in the Airport novel genre based on exactly these terms - one could read them on a plane and they don't involve any deep thought. You will notice that none of Airport novels on illiterarty have a higher rating than six out of ten, although many of them are exceptionally popular best sellers. Our inclusion of books in the Airport novel genre is entirely subjective.
This entry is written purely for informative purposes, so the readers of Illiterarty.com can better understand how we classify our books and can therefore make more informed choices about what to read. We do not claim to be an authoritative source. Quote us in essays/important documents at your own risk!
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