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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 month ago

What's the point of fiction books?

Many people will say entertainment but isn't there faster forms of entertainment nowadays? I just don't get why someone would waste hours of their life reading fiction. 

Update:

Is cliches all you have?

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  • denise
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Escapism?, It takes you away from harsh reality for a while.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    It’s called ARTS and A GIFT OF IMAGINAGITION, gosshhh RESPECT WRITERS GIFTS. Do not underestimate what we do. FEELING SUPERIOR MUCH TODAY? Chill dude!

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  • 1 month ago

    Why does entertainment have to be "fast?" And if you read more you would know not to mix singular verbs with plural subjects and maybe punctuate correctly as well. 

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  • 1 month ago

    Spoken like someone who doesn't read at all.

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  • 1 month ago

    Spoken by someone on whom things like plot and character development and attention to detail, along with good storytelling, are completely lost. I mean, why waste four or five hours (or more) creating a gourmet meal when you can just go through the drive-thru or nuke a frozen dinner?

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  • Marli
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Because they want to.

    Because the "faster forms of entertainment" lack depth of character or "layering" of plot. A good novel can be read slowly and thoughtfully. There are subtle and even teasing phrases and nuances in "Pride and Prejudice" that are not in the A & E movie, delightful as it was.

    Because the book has more than the movie. The movie "Gone With the Wind" is a romantic film. The book says more about the grit of the Southern belle characters surviving war and occupation, which really adds to understanding and identifying with Scarlett and Melanie. They are more three-dimensional in the book.

    Because the "faster forms of entertainment" can't exist without a written story existing before it. The script is not written like a novel, but it is a story. It is usually based on a novel, a short story, an article or a book (for example the biography of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough that was made into a movie.) The actors, etc. read the script and other background material.

    • Marli
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      And why do you want a faster form of entertainment? Ice hockey and basketball are fast, but what do you get from watching them?

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  • 1 month ago

    Reading fiction gets you into the habit of living in other people's lives and understanding their point of view. It teaches you empathy.

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  • 1 month ago

    Reading fiction is the closest one can get to actually connecting with another human's mind, seeing the world entirely through the eyes of another.

    It also helps sharpen vocabulary and grammar.

    That willingness to see the world through other perspectives and appreciation for educated presentation are both sadly underappreciated these days...... clearly....

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    1 month ago
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  • Brian
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    That's OK, you can still watch cartoons.

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