Do You Prefer Fiction or Nonfiction?
While we read a novel, we are insane—bonkers. We believe in the existence of people who aren’t there, we hear their voices… Sanity returns (in most cases) when the book is closed. ~ Ursula K. Le Guin
Fiction or Nonfiction?
That is the question. Or rather, it is a question…
Honestly, I enjoy both but my preference is always fiction. When things are rough I truly enjoy fiction as a form of escape. I like to become absorbed and distracted, allowing my active imagination full reign. I went through a phase years ago where I read every “based on a true story” crime novel I could get my hands on. In a strange way it was comforting to know I was not the only one suffering but after reading so many unhappy endings the weight became too my for my heart to handle. With each page a voice whispered “This could be you,” or “This was you.”
And so I opt for the safety of fantasy. I don’t gravitate towards happy endings but knowing a book is fantasy helps the escapism aspect of reading. I began this practice when I was a child, I had a…less than pleasant childhood and I turned to my good friends Nancy Drew and those clever Babysitters Club gals. By 5th grade, I was sinking my teeth into Stephen King and my imagination found its niche.
My love of reading has manifested itself into an adoration of writing. I enjoy creeping into the recesses of my imagination and pulling forth what lies there in wait. Evoking emotion from a reader produces such a euphoric sensation that it can be addictive! Sometimes I am torn between reading and writing. A girl only has so many hours in a day. When I write I am more flexible. I can tackle nonfic just as easily as fiction. I truly enjoy researching and learning new information.
I think I will always favor fiction. Fiction is a freedom to create and manipulate the world around us and the one that resides inside of us. It is a chance to be and go where we never thought we would.
So, tell me, dear readers. Which do you prefer and why?
Until next time, scribe happy and stay sassy,