Why do YOU read fiction?

 

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I assume you hang out with me on this wee little blog because you are a fiction lover. Me too, of course. When I’m not writing it, I’m squirreled away in a quiet corner stuffing myself with as many fiction books as I can manage. I’ve always been like that, and I imagine you have, too. As a teacher, I see the classroom focus shifting towards more nonfiction reading/writing. This is practical. This makes sense. Most jobs and higher level schooling involve reading nonfiction materials…manuals, reports, research documents, etc. In the work world of normal folks, people generally do not make their living steeping themselves in fiction. So that makes me wonder…

Why do you choose to read fiction? What do you gain from reading made up stories? I would love to know your thoughts! Today is the last day to comment and enter the drawing for a Barnes and Noble gift card, a signed book and a fall surprise. Winner announced tomorrow! 

12 responses to this post.

  1. The basic reason I read fiction is to travel to other times and places. I like historical fiction as an easy way to learn what it was like “back then.” Reading fiction is a reward after I get all my work done, escapism when the world news is ugly.

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  2. While I have to admit I have read a few VERY good non-fiction books that have enlightened me and impacted me profoundly, I enjoy fiction just as much because the characters can be whatever the author wants them to be, and that usually appeals to me. I can read about the things I dream about, like owning a B&B, a tea house, a bakery or bookstore. I can be a detective or a veterinarian or whoever I’ve ever wanted to be because I live it through the fictional character’s life, if that makes sense. It’s the greatest escape, and there’s nothing better than seeing a happy ending to it all. That’s sometimes difficult to find in non-fiction.

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  3. Posted by Rhonda Caldwell on November 29, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Reading fiction, for me, is the one way I can relax. It keeps my mind busy so I don’t think about my woes and worries or my family’s issues or my patient’s issues! I don’t have to remember anything, learn anything or report on anything…..if I so choose. So…..I love reading fictional stories with happy endings!!

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  4. Posted by Pat Moore on November 29, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    I worked in that world where you read regulations, laws, tax changes, latest changes at work and when I got home, fed the family, then I was ready to relax with a book I could read for enjoyment. Besides I was hooked on reading the day I read my first book without having to ask anyone what a word was. I read all the Nancy Drew books, The Hardy Boys, The Bobbsey Twins and The Little House on the Prairie books. I haven’t stopped reading since. Yes, I will read a non-fiction but I prefer fiction. I was an only child and books became my best friends, my entertainment and when my friends were spending time with their siblings I spent mine in a book. I loved being able to travel to foreign places, time travel, even liked some sci-fi and fantasy. I’ve loved the books of yours that I’ve read. Keep up the good work. God bless and hope you had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving with your family.

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  5. Posted by Lynsay on November 29, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    I probably read it because it’s what I’m used to. I grew up watching fairy tales and being read fairy tales until I was able to read by myself. It’s always been a great escape and growing up it was something that was mine. I even wrote short little stories about animals and drew pictures.

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  6. Posted by Kav on November 29, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Ooohhhh — just discovered your blog! And what a perfect topic. Why I choose fiction. Honestly, I think it chose me from an early age. I like to say I was raised by books. I grew up in a very dysfunctional home so fiction was both an escape and an education. It was bibliotherapy before that phrase was even thought of.

    I remember reading recently that when we read a well-written story — the kind that engages your emotions — it imprints on our mind the same way a personal memory does. The article talked about fiction readers having more empathy and compassion because they’d fictionally experienced so much they could relate to a myriad of difference situations that they never could from just personal experience. Hope I’m explaining that so it makes sense.

    So that got me to thinking about Christian fiction — which is all that I read — and I realize that my faith is made stronger because of character faith journeys that I now lay claim to as well. How cool is that?

    I’ve always loved stories — had a runaway imagination — gloried in the lives of fictional heroes and heroines. And in recent years, reading fiction has been a huge blessing as I’m struggling with a chronic pain condition that has me up at night a lot. Reading distracts me from that reality and is a major and very positive coping mechanism for me.

    LOL — okay too much information. Last thing — don’t enter me in the draw. I live in Canada — no Barnes and Nobles here and I do believe I have all your books. 🙂

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