This is a question that comes to my mind often. Obviously I like reading fiction. It lets you have an adventure, or a catharsis at least. Non-fiction? Not so much. Here are their quick pros and cons.
– Fiction gets consumed easily, because our brains are wired to listen to stories. Thanks, evolution!
– Good novel re-wires the reader’s brain into an altered state, at least for few days. I think it lets you keep the author’s narration voice for a while.
– By reading classics, you can learn of intimate details of people from different time and place, and realize how common idiosyncrasies of human nature are.
– Because the story grabs you, you’re highly likely to read it in bed without dozing off.
– There are so many fiction books that it’s hard to find good ones.
– OK. With all that said, to what extent is reading a book different than watching a movie? I mean, some films are better than the books, because one author can overlook some aspects. (Some books, not all)
– Fiction doesn’t give much factual or insightful information like non-fiction.
– Made under rigorous research, so usually gives you in-depth knowledge of a particular field.
– Can contribute to the economic, entrepreneurial aspect of your life. When’s the last time Anna Karenina helped you earn more?
– Personal development and autobiographical non-fiction lets you learn from the giants and get inspired.
– Timely research from cutting-edge field catered to the mass. And still better reads than research papers.
– If you sell it after you read it, there’s a higher chance someone will buy it.
– Damn it, fell asleep reading Bill Bryson’s Short History of Everything again.
– Is text really the right medium to explain scientific concepts? Mendeleev proved even tables can do better–in his dream.
– Speaking of tables, the only protagonist to tie all these mumbo-jumbo is — the Table of Contents.
What do you think? Agree with my list? I’m, of course, going to uncharted water when I talk about non-fiction. I don’t read them much. So I’ll appreciate your input on non-fiction or general feedback. Muchos gracias.