If you read literary fiction, it boosts your emotional intelligence.
Although the genre of fiction in general didn’t improve emotional skills.
There is no strict distinction between literary and genre fiction. But we include in literary fiction, for instance, Lydia Davis, George Orwell, and Kazuo Ishiguro.
For instance, romances, or books by Rosamunde Pilcher, Tom Clancy, and Stephen King belong to genre fiction.
This was true even when accounting for demographic variables. These included age, gender, educational achievement, undergraduate major, and self-reported empathy.
Kidd, David; Castano, Emanuele; Different Stories: How Levels of Familiarity With Literary and Genre Fiction Relate to Mentalizing.; Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, Aug 8 , 2016, No Pagination Specified.