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Old 09-18-2012, 05:38 AM   #1
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Why do we read fiction?

i was thinking why i read fiction and i couldnt put it into a simple sentence.

If i say escapism does that mean i'm not happy with my life. i guess its a lot of little things, it sparks my imagination. i can experience places.


I'm curious about others take on this.
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:49 AM   #2
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In a sentence?

I like to visit other worlds.
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:56 AM   #3
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:00 AM   #4
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:39 AM   #5
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It's called "entertainment." Same reason we play video games or watch movies & TV.
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:57 AM   #6
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:03 AM   #7
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Interesting question. Personally I like to escape reality into some other world that does operate like our own. This is one of the reasons why I really don't like reality shows on the tube, I deal with reality every day, the one thing I do not want when sit down to a program is reality.
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:06 AM   #8
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For me it is a conversation with other generations, cultures, experiences. If I give the authors my time they promise to tell me a story they believe I should know. They open up doors to unfamiliar worlds, show me the inside of people I don't know yet are strangely familiar with.
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:09 AM   #9
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I wonder if storytelling and listening/reading/watching actually serves some sort of social bonding purpose. Being able to experience things as others experience them is probably good for empathy, which is good for social cooperation, which is good for everyone.

Or maybe they're just fun.
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:26 AM   #10
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Actually, it's an interesting question. I was outside a few weeks back and my neighbour was reading on his front step and I asked what he was reading. His reply of "oh, just some fiction" made me stop and think. Do we really value plain old stories so little? I know I don't.

Fictional stories can come in many forms for me. Some make me question the world, some give me insights into the human condition, some teach me about places I've never been, and some are as has been said just simple escapism. Just some fiction, indeed.
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:31 AM   #11
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Becaus it exists and it beats the "Heck" out of nonfiction and gives our life's more "Zest"!


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Old 09-18-2012, 10:34 AM   #12
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I read fiction because that way I can be assured that justice will triumph and there will be a happy ending. In reality, those things happen all too infrequently.
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:36 AM   #13
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It's called "entertainment." Same reason we play video games or watch movies & TV.
Well said. Sums up my reasons as well.
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:43 AM   #14
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Escapism.

I like my life, but I can only take so much of it at any given time.
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:55 AM   #15
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An example of why I like to read fiction: I was reading "I love New york" by Lindsey Kelk not so long ago. It's about a girl from London who gets cheated on by her boyfriend and she flees to New York to forget everything (chicklit). The book made me feel what it's like to live in trendy New York and I liked that.
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