I wish I could have latched onto any of the more intelligent concepts in this gnarly, supremely accurate and well overdue article by Julian Gough, but the concept of Wangst has had me chorling with venemous glee all morning. I’m going to go a step further than my pal Julian and declare Wangst the new born genre of commercial fiction to be shelved in Waterstones just so – SF, Fantasy, Horror, Crime, Wangst. Don’t worry, you’ll get used to it.
Wangst: (def) – minor, anxious, banal tragedies written to satisy the distanced emotional perspective of a ruling elite. The dominant literary form of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries. For examples of Wangst see entry ‘Booker Prize’.