If you follow this space for a while then yes, this is a repost. But I feel like it’s one that needs to be reposted because I’m getting totally annoyed with readers who think they’re above others because they don’t read fiction. If you’re bragging that you don’t ever read fiction then you’re not as open minded ass (pun INTENDED!) you think you are. Maybe you need a good bit of fantasy to take away this need you have to make other booklovers feel crap about themselves.
But for those who enjoy fiction, let’s share why we love this genre so much, shall we?
Is it just me or have you noticed that there’s quite a lot of negativity surrounding anyone who enjoys fiction. I’ve seen how people bash on others for reading fiction, giving lists of reasons for others to avoid the genre. At first I thought it wasn’t anything to be concerned about because I never tried to hide my love for fiction, but it came to my attention that it is more serious than what I thought at first.
Firstly, I hate it when people criticize someone else’s choice of reading material. Some people enjoy the occasional romance binge while others enjoy autobiographies. To each their own; everyone can’t be the same! And as someone who enjoys reading non-fiction as much as fiction, I thought I’d take a virtual stand and write this post to share why I love fiction as much as I do…
ESCAPE: Getting lost in a fantasy world is a way for me to escape the real one for a little while. It is my way of shutting out the horrors of this world, like hunger and disease, rape and murder; the list can pretty much go on and on in all its ugly glory. I use fiction to recharge my filter so that I can appreciate the beauty of everything around me and not become hardened by all that is wrong. I get to be a ruling queen for a few hours or I can fly on the back of a fire breathing dragon – I can unlock a new world of my choosing and it is awesome!
IMAGINATION: A fictional story with make-believe characters and fantasy worlds, feeds my imagination. It broadens my mind and gives opportunity to think outside of the box where anything and everything is possible. On the flip side, a good book of fiction gives me an opportunity to see the world as something else, something that it could possibly be.
CREATIVITY: I think all of us have a creative side that needs to be nurtured and expressed, especially these days where we hardly have time to notice the little things that makes life a little bit brighter. If I cannot express my creativity in some way, I can feel myself become despondent and demotivated. Reading fiction gives me inspiration to enhance and explore my creativity through the art of writing. I pick out passages from books that I find beautiful and it drives me to create that kind of beauty myself.
ENTERTAINMENT: Reading a book is my number one source of entertainment. I can get lost for hours in between the pages of a good book where I can laugh or cry or get angry or even feel lost and confused. This point is a big reason people give for why this genre should be avoided. Many believe that fiction is just television in book form, a source of entertainment that stunts the mind. But fiction is so much more than this, with the bonus of it being entertaining as well.
TRAVEL: When I say travel I don’t just mean travelling from place to place. I mean time travel and travelling from one person’s mind to the next. I mean travelling in every sense of the word. You get the chance to explore someone else’s thoughts, ideas and emotions, which is freakishly close to what mind-reading is… AND you get the chance to live in many different periods of time which is pretty much time travel if you ask me!
LEARN: I’ve learned so much from fiction that I don’t think I would’ve experienced from non-fiction. This is because story telling has a powerful way of revealing truth and lessons that makes the reader appreciate these deeper meanings so much more. As you read, you experience these lessons along with the characters you are following and because of this, the message of the story remains with you forever.
Do you shy away from letting people know you enjoy reading fiction? Or do you share it loud and proud?