We like stories where things actually happen, stories where someone might die.
We also like it when the jokes are funny.
We don’t like Literature with a capital L. We do like literary fiction: we happen to think it includes the work of Dashiell Hammett and Harlan Ellison.
Mainly what we like are stories. Not symbols and themes and extensive descriptive passages, not paint-by-numbers well-structured tripe that fails to excite. We prefer the Shakespeare approach to existentialism: question the meaning of life, then litter the stage with corpses.