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    Fiction Vs Non-fiction

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by Snoopingaround, Aug 3, 2011.

    Which type expands the mind more, and benefits your intellect, all things considered, fiction or non-fiction? We know that fiction books expand your imagination and creativity, and non-fiction books expand your factual knowledge, but is there in general a superior type between the two? That is, if one spends spends large amounts of time reading, which type is better for you overall?
     
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    It really depends on what the fiction, or non-fiction is about.

    Some non-fiction can be next to useless, like Dawkins The God Delusion, whereas some fiction can really expand the mind, like Milton's Paradise Lost or Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow.

    Some non-fiction is brilliant, like Dawkins science books, and some fiction does nothing, like everything Tess Gerritsen ever wrote.
     
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    I think both expand your knowledge and mind equally, but in different ways.
     
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    Which is better, fine seafood or a reliable wristwatch?
     
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    I'd say Seafood. Because I use a reliable pocket watch.
     
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    In large part it depends on what you put into them. I don't put much into fiction. I read it quickly, often skipping bits of description here and bits of dialogue there as my fancy suits. I'm driven by a need to just get to the end of the story even when a lot of the fiction I read is meta-fiction (that's to say when there's not much of a story to speak of).

    I put a lot more into (certain works of) non-fiction: dwelling on ideas; arguing with the author; properly thinking etc etc
     

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