The pop story is fast-paced, fun, flesh-and-blood hit-you-over-the-head, in and of the real world.
The literary story is inward, subtle, slow, sensitive, domestic and domesticated, whose every preciously crafted sentence says, "It's been done."
600,000 workshop grads write finely-mannered literary stories. Few people write pop stories.
I don't like to follow the crowd.