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Weigh In: Fiction VS. Non-Fiction


I recently hosted a poll on Twitter  asking my followers which they prefer: fiction or nonfiction. Little did I know, there would be such an obvious fan favorite!

So which has stolen the hearts of its readers?

Fiction won by a landslide! I was actually pretty surprised as most of my peers can be found with their noses in various nonfiction text. I thought perhaps it would be almost equal but fiction won by almost 90%! Granted, this was an informal poll so age, demographics, etc weren't taken into account, but still! I found this pretty interesting. 

This got me thinking. What do most of us read for? When you're itching to stimulate your brain, are you more inclined towards being entertained or being informed? Or maybe, like me, you're a bit of both! 

Personally, I've noticed that different stages of my life had an obvious favorite. Throughout grade school, fiction was my preference, hands down. I loved being whisked away via words on a page. However, once I graduated from college, there were certain life skills I wanted to acquire so I began to gravitate towards nonfiction reads.

As I explored this subject, I came across several contrarian opinions. Some share the notion that fiction is irrelevant while others believe it nourishes the reader's imagination. As a primary school teacher, we simplify the definitions of the two by describing fiction as "not true" and nonfiction as "true," However, I recognize that a more complex view would be needed in order to satisfy the more avid reader. 

In one article I stumbled upon, the author insists that "fiction and nonfiction...deploy different methods for getting to the truth. Fiction, we have been told, tells the truth but tells it slant. It familiarizes the strange and estranges the familiar." This captured my thoughts much more eloquently than I ever could have communicated. Thank God for Google! lol 


Personally, I feel that I am still a bit of both! I read according to my mood and what I am looking to gain. Reading fiction is becoming a renewed pleasure of mine. I've been reading nonfiction for so long (thanks undergraduate text books) that I'm almost having to turn a switch in my mind to read for mere enjoyment now. In the end of the day, if it's a book with delicious words in it, I'm all in! lol  







Weigh in! 
Are you #TeamFICTION or #TeamNONFICTION? 

19 comments

  1. I'd have to say I am more inclined to read fiction. I enjoy a good read where I can be taken away and become someone else. But I also love a good historical fiction which includes the true facts or knowledge to form a story as well. There are time where I will read NF, but I don't often enough and maybe I should.

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    1. I completely agree Penni! I love how fiction catapults you away from reality or helps to make sense of reality when it's something you can relate to :)

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  2. Team Fiction for sure! Mostly because I'm always reading non-fiction for uni and I need a break haha. I've always been a fiction person <3

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    1. HAHA! That's fair! Uni will do that to the best of us lol

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  3. Team Fiction all the way! I read to escape and while I don't necessarily need it to all be fantasy, I don't want to read fiction. Great post!!

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  4. I voted fiction, though I read a lot of both. But, being entertained and being informed don't have to be mutually exclusive. Works of fiction like 1984, Native Son, and The Handmaid's Tale cause us to examine our society and culture. They provide us with information on who we are and what we could become. And there are certainly works of non-fiction - The Devil in the White City, anything by David Sedaris - that are highly entertaining and a breeze to get through. It's all a matter of preference!

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    1. Great points and thanks for sharing those titles! I love that you shared nonfiction reads that ARE entertaining! I think sometimes people automatically dismiss nonfiction as being a bore and that isn't always the case :)

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  5. I prefer fiction. I read mostly for entertainment and enjoyment.

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  6. I'm part of that 90% who veered toward fiction. For me personally, when I pick up a book I'm looking for something to entertain me and take me out of reality, which is exactly what fiction does. To be completely honest, I'm not quite as inclined to read about real, nonfiction topics because they're not as engrossing or entertaining. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous discussion! ♥

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  7. I am TeamFiction, all the way! I do read nonfiction every now and then for a book challenge, for work, or to learn about something specific, usually for a specific reason. Great post.

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  8. I am TeamFiction, all the way! I do read nonfiction every now and then for a book challenge, for work, or to learn about something specific, usually for a specific reason. Great post.

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  9. I am 100% team fiction, because I obviously read it a lot more and feel more emotionally attached to fictional places and characters. However, some non fiction can be so powerful in getting a great message across while keeping things incredibly real as well, so I have a respect for both.

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  10. I used to read 98% fiction -- I would only read nonfiction if I had to for school or to learn about something practical, or pick up the occasional memoir. But since I've started blogging and following other blogs I've discovered that there is so much terrific nonfiction out there! I feel that both can teach and entertain us in different ways. Some fairly recent titles that I highly recommend: Being Mortal; Just Mercy; In the Kingdom of Ice; The Age of Wonder; The Boys in the Boat; H Is for Hawk; The Shepherd's Life; Symphony for the City of the Dead. All of these are as riveting as any novel in my opinion.

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  11. I prefer fiction over nonfiction, simply because I want to get lost in something other than reality. I do enjoy nonfiction, but it has to be something that I really want to read.

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  12. I do love getting lost in a good fiction, you can escape into a whole different world through fiction. That being said, I've been intrigued by non-fiction as, like you say I want to pick up new life skills.

    Martha xo
    Martha Dahhling

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  13. What a great post idea! I love your discussion posts! :D
    I will always been #TeamFICTION because my love of fantasy is too inset in everything I do, but I've been working myself up to reading non-fiction. I never even imagined that some people thought fiction was "irrelevant"! What do you read to your children at night? What stories were you told before you went to sleep as a child?
    Both fiction and non-fiction are incredibly important. One has facts and history and teaches readers with a weight of importance that I know only as non-fiction. But fiction fuels the imagination and creativity, while still imbuing facts and figures - just in a more roundabout way.

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  14. I think fiction and nonfiction stimulate your brain equally. Imagination is just as important as facts. I find fiction a lot easier to read, and when reading tend to prefer fiction. I have to "force" myself to pick up nonfiction. If I don't consciously alternate between the two, I tend to only read fiction. But when I do read nonfiction, I enjoy it quite a bit, so I'm not sure why I have to "force" myself. *shrug* As long as I get it read, I guess that's what counts.

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  15. I think fiction and nonfiction stimulate your brain equally. Imagination is just as important as facts. I find fiction a lot easier to read, and when reading tend to prefer fiction. I have to "force" myself to pick up nonfiction. If I don't consciously alternate between the two, I tend to only read fiction. But when I do read nonfiction, I enjoy it quite a bit, so I'm not sure why I have to "force" myself. *shrug* As long as I get it read, I guess that's what counts.

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