Fiction or Non-fiction? Or something else…

A question to you..

  • What do you find yourself reading most, fiction or non-fiction? Poetry? Or may be something else, anything else..? Blogs? Or maybe you don’t like reading?
  • I then want to know, what effect does your chosen medium have on you? In other words, what do you perhaps gain (or not gain)?

Do comment! I would really enjoy hearing from you, and if a few people comment we can bounce off each other.

I’ll go first.. The reason I’m asking this question is that when I find myself reading fiction, I have an automatic response (an almost weird unconscious habit) of finding something non-fiction (usually essays) by the same author. More often than not I’m more engaged by the non-fiction. Though best of all I feel getting into the authors non-fiction writing, the novel somehow become more alive to me.

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7 thoughts on “Fiction or Non-fiction? Or something else…

  1. I’m a bit the same. Biographies of poeple I admire are rarely bad. Non-fiction that manages to construct an element of narrative to the material is compelling too. ‘Longitude’ and ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ were really enjoyable. Best book I’ve read in the last three years was ‘Moneyball’. Not bad for a book that’s about a sport I don’t watch.

    • Thanks for commenting! I agree that having a narrative is really important. You also get novels that are heavy with an essay or ideas element (I think they are sometimes referred to as a novel of ideas). The characters often go into a very long dialogue which is essentially a essay – which is cool if the topic is interesting!

      I saw the film of moneyball, is that based on the book? Baseball and statistics..?

      I have never really got into biographies myself, or poetry either.

  2. I read fiction almost exclusively. Well, I read blogs and other stuff online, but as for my books, I hardly ever read non-fiction. I read primarily as entertainment and as an escape, and for that I just love losing myself in a fictional world. I know there’s lots of entertaining non-fiction too (I recently read Jenny Lawson’s memoir, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened) but it’s just not something I find myself reaching for very often.

    • Thanks for commenting Charleen. What you have said is interesting. I don’t find you can particularly lose yourself in non-fiction, especially so in an argument made in an essay. Thinking about it non-fiction does feel more external (if that makes sense?), whereas yes, in a proper story you really do become a part of it, or it a part of you.

      Another thing, any thoughts on what does make you reach for one book over another? I sometimes find it fascinating the chain reaction of events that leads to a particular book in my hands. For example, how one book/author often leads to another.

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