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
Are you #TeamFICTION or #TeamNONFICTION?