This section is to rebut arguments against reading fiction.
In plain English, ever run into someone who says one of the following?
- “I don’t read books. Books are boring.”
- “Fiction is not real. It is merely fantasy, like, well, fantasy fiction.”
- “What is the benefit in reading fiction?”
- “Books are meant to be burned!”
While number 4 is rather melodramatic, the point behind the above and like arguments basically calls into question why read fiction? What is the benefit in reading fiction?
I find it easy to get caught up in a story — in movies. But when you read, things take a different shape. “The Medium is the Message,” as Marshall McLuhan commented, is absolute truth, here. Movies are one format, and books are a different format.
This page, here, is a seeking good reasons and arguments for fiction. It’s probably going to be under construction for a bit, but here are some napkin notes:
Scientific studies and the right kind of book to read. This article skims multiple scientific studies and makes the point that, in short, literary-type fiction (contrasted with pop-fiction) is most enduring, for one’s own personal development. [Note: dig deeper, look at published articles cited.]