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What do you enjoy about it? And, converesely, to those who don't read fiction, what do you dislike about it?
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To escape reality.
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A combination of escapism and literary interest.
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i dislike fiction because when i read a book i expect to be enlightened; i want to learn facts, philosophical/scientific ideas, theories that explain the world around me and how i can live within it. works of fiction cannot offer me that. i don't have the patience to read a 500 page novel about something i deem to be off little pertinence.
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I like to read stories that are more interesting than my boring life :lol:
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I don't dislike it, I just have better things to do.

I used to read a lot as a child, but hello internet.
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(Original post by Fusion)
What do you enjoy about it? And, converesely, to those who don't read fiction, what do you dislike about it?
It's like watching a movie, only in greater detail but minus the visual entertainment. I also find I learn more from reading.
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(Original post by JIRAIYA-ERO-SENNIN)
i dislike fiction because when i read a book i expect to be enlightened; i want to learn facts, ideas, theories that explain the world around me and how i can live within it. works of fiction cannot offer me that.
Just because something's not factual doesn't mean the lessons/experiences can't be applied.
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(Original post by JIRAIYA-ERO-SENNIN)
i dislike fiction because when i read a book i expect to be enlightened; i want to learn facts, ideas, theories that explain the world around me and how i can live within it. works of fiction cannot offer me that.
But why must reading entail all that you mentioned (not that there isn't any overlap with fiction), it's like someone saying they only watch TV for fictional programming, because tv shouldn't entail factual programming,

Why don't you view reading fiction as a pleasurable past-time on a par with watching (fictional) films and tv shows, which I presume you do watch..?
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(Original post by internetstephen)
Just because something's not factual doesn't mean the lessons/experiences can't be applied.
i know, that's why i watch tv dramas, soaps or sitcoms in stead. when i want to learn something about anything i read politics, science or philosophy or history.
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A combination of escapism and literary interest.
Exactly this.
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(Original post by Fusion)
But why must reading entail all that you mentioned (not that there isn't any overlap with fiction), it's like someone saying they only watch TV for fictional programming, because tv shouldn't entail factual programming,

Why don't you view reading fiction as a pleasurable past-time on a par with watching (fictional) films and tv shows, which I presume you do watch..?
i'm not asserting that books should all be non-fiction; i'm justifying why i don't like non-fiction, which is the point of this thread. i don't find reading fiction pleasurable because when i want to escape into a fictional world i want to be visually stimulated; novels do not offer that.
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(Original post by JIRAIYA-ERO-SENNIN)
i dislike fiction because when i read a book i expect to be enlightened; i want to learn facts, ideas, theories that explain the world around me and how i can live within it. works of fiction cannot offer me that.
a very strange opinion coming from a username such as yours i guess visual entertainment is the key then
but i do agree with you that i prefer science, business or other factual books over fiction.

nevertheless, fiction does have its own charm of getting your imagination wild and pulling you away from reality
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(Original post by gandhistoto)
a very strange opinion coming from a username such as yours i guess visual entertainment is the key then
but i do agree with you that i prefer science, business or other factual books over fiction.

nevertheless, fiction does have its own charm of getting your imagination wild and pulling you away from reality
oh you've spotted the irony.
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i read fiction for the lulz.
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To escape.
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Because I'm a right mong.
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I don't dislike it, I just have better things to do.

I used to read a lot as a child, but hello internet.
Intentional irony? :holmes:
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A combination of escapism and literary interest.
This. :yep:
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(Original post by JIRAIYA-ERO-SENNIN)
i dislike fiction because when i read a book i expect to be enlightened; i want to learn facts, ideas, theories that explain the world around me and how i can live within it. works of fiction cannot offer me that.
What about works of fiction that give historical information - such as Sebastian Faulks' 'Birdsong'? I find that some books give a deeper insight as to what the world was like at a particular time, because they are told from the perspective of characters living at that time. Also, the authors put a lot of work into research, which gives some books that added credibility.

I personally read for escapism, as a lot of people have said, and for the intensity of emotions they offer!
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