Is fiction important?

@tenrajj (911)
Bhutan
September 1, 2011 11:53am CST
Should people read those book that are about real events, real people, and established facts? What about fictions? How would anyone suggest that people should only read about real events, real people, and established facts? For one thing, that means people would not be reading half of all the books that have ever been written, not to mention the plays, short stories and poetry. For another, it would mean that people's imaginations would not develop as children and would remain dulled though our their lives. I think fictions is also very important. Do do you think?
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11 responses
@petersum (4525)
• United States
1 Sep 11
If you choose quality fiction, you can learn a lot about the world. I particularly like authors like George Elliot because from her (yes, female) books you can understand how ordinary people lived in the past. That is something that cannot be got from history books alone.
@tenrajj (911)
• Bhutan
2 Sep 11
Yes you are right. Quality fiction helps to broaden our thinking. A short story titled, " Mirror Image", that I read when I was in high school as a part of English Literature was very great. I have forgotten the name of author, but the book is about a "Brain transfer". A brain is being transferred to new body due to some accident and the brain has the images of her previous body. She finds herself very unusual and unacceptable with her new body. The test was different and lot more. It was showing advantages and disadvantages of Brain transfer. The theme was that the inventor must think whether they should invent or not before they invent anything.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
1 Sep 11
I am one of those that don't fancy fiction novels. I prefer to read books that can satisfy my curious mind, something that narrate real people or real happenings. I like to read biographies etc. I do appreciate creative writings with all the imaginary stories that the writers are able to come up with but as I said I am more geared towards real stuffs.
@tenrajj (911)
• Bhutan
2 Sep 11
Yea.. may be you prefer real world than imaginary world. Reading stories as a child helps develop their creativity by reaching them a lot about how to use words to create mental images. It open their world up, exposing us to other times and different ways of living. reading histories of those times would serve kind of the same purpose and history of course is the established facts as you prefer but it probably would not stick our minds as sharply.
@tong_jd (29)
• Philippines
4 Sep 11
Not exactly important but I guess it's good to have something to read that will make you forget/escape from reality once in a while. Also, fiction helps improve our imagination.
• United States
2 Sep 11
Well I've known quite a few people who refuse to read fiction or if they don't mind fiction then they have a bias against fantasy. Personally I think that we can learn a great deal from stories, no matter how "real" the world in the book is. Uncle Tom's Cabin was fiction, and it practically started the Civil War. That alone is evidence that fiction can change and shape the face of the future by sharing ideas and making people think about humanity. My favorite quote is "Fairy tales are more than true, not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten" by G.K. Chesterton. I think we honestly need stories about heroes who have overcome, because they empower us to fight for what we believe in and overcome our own real-world adversities.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
2 Sep 11
although i dont read much fiction, i think that fiction is important because it fosters imagination in kids as well as adults.
• India
2 Sep 11
every one like to give advice but no one knows that what does opposite person likes to do and read in life ..its no use of judging them.. any books are to be read some read just to kill the time some read to get the knowldge and some reads whats new things going i guess its the person choice what to read and what not to ..? for me sujjestion are welcome i just follow my own heart and does the things
2 Sep 11
Hi tenrajj,. yes fiction is also significant to us. Even others don't but I really does. Each one of us have creative thinking which we must have to expose. Even though fiction is only an assumption that a fact really exist,regardless of the truth of the matter. But then we must give value to it. right?
@totor_53 (223)
• Philippines
2 Sep 11
As a fiction lover i think that fictions are also important to be read by an individual because it is in these creations that we are able to experience a new brand of adventure, it is by reading which that we are able to relate our life to the protagonist or the antagonist of the story thus we are able to find solace in reading fiction books. It is also important to read fiction books for they sometimes guide us on how to live life properly for they always give a moral lesson.
@waflay (2727)
• Nairobi, Kenya
1 Sep 11
Fiction stories are so educative and mostly relates to people's real life. I like thrillers types. This kind of stories has that touching thing that makes a reader to think beyond what an ordinary mind can reach. They bring fictitious world in form of virtual reality- which makes them outstanding.
@peavey (16866)
• United States
1 Sep 11
I don't read much fiction, but I do think it's important as an escape from our every day world and to give us a better sense of the world around us. Fiction can open the understanding in a way that nonfiction can't really do, and can take us into situations that give us deeper understanding of many things. So... short answer, yes. Fiction is important.
@ankitbhat (269)
• India
1 Sep 11
some books are really the ones that you get to learn something from and some are those that can discourage but most of the real events of someone lifes mostly encourages provides the fortitude