Do You Prefer Fiction or Nonfiction?

Do You Prefer Fiction or Nonfiction?
January 23, 2016 2 Comments For Authors, Writing Advice Amanda Hester

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…

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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,


Amanda Hester Amanda Hester is the founder and CEO of Our Write Side. As an author, she enjoys writing in all genres and forms, even grocery lists. She is an artist and Wiccan who has an obsessive love of vampires, kilts, and blue butterflies. She is passionate about many topics and her posts are often laced with the snarky sense of humor one acquires from raising five teenagers, all at once. In her downtime, she can be found with her loving husband, Shawn, exploring the wilderness. She maintains her shreds of sanity with yoga, tea, and cats.
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  1. 2 Comments

    Tara R.

    I lean more towards fiction too, but there are a few non-fiction books that have stayed with me…” In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote, and “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. Granted, these both were written as novels, but the stories are compelling and true, frighteningly so.

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    Kimberlee Schmitz

    I love both fiction and non-fiction. I tend to lean towards classics and historical novels.


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