is non-fiction the superior genre

Is Non-Fiction The “Superior” Genre? || Discussion

More often than not, readers I meet in person look down on my reading choices.

I started reading books when I was in 6th grade and still did not have friends to hang out with. My darling mum was a reader when she was young and knew what solace books have to offer. Hence, when a private library opened nearby, she got me enrolled as soon as she could.

While mum had introduced me to comic books before that, with Chacha Chaudhary and Pinki being my favourites, I had yet to get into books with only text. But that didn’t matter when I stepped into the library for the first time and saw so many stories just waiting for me.

That’s where my real love for reading began and it has not wavered since.

Books have always been my safe space. No matter what is going on in my life, or how bad my day has been, the world in books were always there.

I reached for books either to go into another world, be a part of a success story, or to get hope that everything will be alright in the end. Happy endings are my favourite because they give me hope to get back up and move on.

Fiction books were what gave, and still give, me all of that. Even though I understand the importance of reading non-fiction, fiction will always be my first choice.

Which is why I don’t understand the snobbery against fiction.

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More often than not, readers I meet in real life question my status as a reader. It’s not an outright question but an unspoken invalidation with looks and voice tone.

The conversations begin on a good note. They ask my hobbies and I respond saying that I like to read. They exclaim that they like to read as well and the follow up question is: “what do you like to read?” to which I truthfully say, “I read fiction”.

I’ve received several different responses to that. But most of them have been casual snobbery. From “oh, and what about non-fiction?” to “you should try non-fiction sometimes”. A couple readers accept it only to later slip non-fiction book recommendations in the conversation.

The reasoning for it always seems well-meaning. I’ve been told that non-fiction would help me get over my introverted nature, that it would help me succeed in life, and that it’s important to live in the present.

Non-fiction books have been recommended to me in bookstores by strangers, in passing by mutual friends, and as advice from people older to me. And every single time I find myself defending my reading choices.

It went up to the point that I became even more closed off to meeting new people. I was already an introvert and these experiences did not help me open up to new connections. Every time I met someone, especially if they were older to me, I would be wary about mentioning that reading is my hobby.

All this snobbery only made me averse to the genre. If non-fiction is truly the better genre and helps people grow, why are these people such snobs? The same people who told me to read books on growth were the ones to quickly judge and pass comments about everything.

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At this point in time, I’ve read multiple non-fiction books and have liked quite a few of them. And I understand why they’re important and how they’re helpful.

Positives of the non-fiction genre:

  • It helps us understand the ways of our world.

From history books to general knowledge, there is so much knowledge to be found in non-fiction books.

Some non-fiction books are chock full of information because authors do all the research and put it together. They accumulate history, articles, research papers, and more in a few hundred pages. They also put reality forward in a straight-forward manner which will not let you look away.

  • You can learn and directly apply.

There are books to improve on personal skills and grow. For example, books like 101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think promise that you will learn something which will change you.

Books on growth are not meant to be read quickly. We may have to read them multiple times to fully learn what the book is trying to say. And it will definitely take time for us to change our behaviour or habits in order to grow.

But there are really good books that give plans or exercises in order to make the process easier for us.

  • It helps us connect with our idols or people with something to teach.

Memoirs are great ways to connect to people around the world, whom we may or may not meet. From Abdul Kalam’s Wings of Fire to Michelle Obama’s Becoming, memoirs are probably the popular sub-genre in non-fiction. They allow us to truly understand the people we look up to and learn from them indirectly.

But this sub-genre is also a great way to learn about experiences completely removed from us. For example, Tara Westover’s Educated gave me insight into lives which I would never have bothered to learn about otherwise because it is not happening around me.

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The whole point of non-fiction is that it’s meant to reflect reality. It keeps us grounded and teaches us about our world. It also expands our knowledge about this chaotic and messy world we live in.

In a way, the non-fiction vs fiction debate also comes down to realists vs dreamers. Although not as prominent, there is similar snobbery that realists have towards dreamers. It simply becomes more intense through books because it’s an indirect way of being opinionated which can be excused and reasoned away.

In a way, the non-fiction vs fiction debate also comes down to realists vs dreamers.

But we cannot say that fiction does not have positives.

Why fiction is just as important:

  • Fiction ALSO teaches many things.

It should not be invalidated just because the characters are not real. The themes are VERY real. There are books set in current times, talking about issues that are prevalent today, and THEY ARE VALID.

There are books set in history and while the characters may not be renditions of real people, the themes and the history is still VALID and IMPORTANT.

I find it surprising how non-fiction books are praised because they deal with real things but the same energy is not given to fiction even though both talk about the same themes and with the same motives.

Why are non-fiction books about racism praised more than fictional books about racism? Why are non-fiction books about World War 2 considered more important than fictional books set in World War 2?

Books that have the backdrop of the same themes and showcase similar experiences are treated very differently. Is it because you cannot ignore non-fiction since it has actually happened and you can invalidate the same if it is shown as fiction?

Non-fiction and fiction books that have the backdrop of the same themes and showcase similar experiences are treated very differently. Is it because you cannot ignore non-fiction since it has actually happened and you can invalidate the same if it is shown as fiction?

The fiction genre has books with varying degrees of reality. If realism is the main reason why you think non-fiction is superior, you clearly have not truly read fiction. If you did, you would learn so much from fiction and carry it with you in real life.

  • Fiction helps us cope with our lives.

I’m sorry for the hard flex but how many people say that non-fiction gave them solace? That non-fiction helped them feel better in a short time? That it helped them deal with their bad days when everything was out of control?

Fiction has helped me LIVE and that’s a win for me. It may not help me hit success lists. It may not help me get out of my shell and socialize more. And it may not increase my skill set. But it helped me get up when I really did not want to. It gave me hope to move on.

And I know that I’m not alone in this. Most, if not all, readers that I’ve spoken to say that books helped them in some way or another.

The general population is so focused on the rat race that we forget to live for ourselves. Everything is a competition and we concentrate on getting ahead, fast. But what happens when something goes wrong? When you just need some warmth and happiness, and unfortunately people close to you aren’t available? What happens when you need to rest your mind for a bit? You turn to fiction.

There’s a reason why the publishing industry is made up of fiction more than non-fiction. There’s a reason why fiction SELLS so much. It’s because, whether you like it or not, fiction is important and needed by people all around the world.

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  • It is easier for younger readers.

Not only do fiction books teach and have knowledge in them, they’re presented in a way which is easier to read. It has adventure, intrigue, complexities, and it has an ending. It is so hard to write fiction (I cannot even imagine writing myself) because while it is “not real” and “easier to make up”, it still has to have substance and has to be appealing.

The reason I titled this point as “for younger readers” is because it is hard for younger readers to pick up non-fiction and understand all the themes it puts forth. Non-fiction tends to talk about things directly with on-page complexity. Non-fiction also goes into details which can be hard to get interested in and keep up with.

I find it hard to read non-fiction even today and I would not have been able to read them during middle school unless I was very interested in the topic. But fiction is not like that.

Fiction books can introduce topics lightly while also keeping the book interesting. Younger readers are hooked on to the story but they also learn about the subtler themes present in the book.

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For example, take the popular Percy Jackson series. The series introduced me to Greek mythology and actually has a LOT of facts. If I was given a non-fiction book on the same, I would have given up really quick. But because it was fiction with a very interesting story and compelling characters, it also got me hooked onto Greek myths. Yes, I highly enjoyed the books but I also LEARNT so many things.

These introductions should not be taken lightly. They have the potential to shape a young person and teach complicated themes earlier on.

No matter how much we learn after we become adults, it will not have the same impact as us learning something as kids. It will not have the same intensity. Kids pick up things faster with more curiosity than most adults do. Fiction gives them a way to learn and be more curious while also not overwhelming them with information.

Non-fiction books are great teachers. Textbooks have a lot to teach as well. But I personally think that fiction deserves more recognition as a teaching tool.

Non-fiction books are great teachers. Teachers have a lot to teach as well. But fiction deserves more recognition as a teaching tool.

Do textbooks shape us or show us how to empathize with others? Does curriculum have as much of an impact on us as the fictional books we read as kids? I can firmly say no.

And that is why fiction is very important.

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Everything that I mentioned above really begs one question: how is the non-fiction genre so “superior” that people become snobs towards fiction?

Now that I’m sure of my reading choices, I wonder about the people who looked down on my favourite books. Do they think I would be better off reading non-fiction because it would end my naivety? Do they pity me because I don’t stick to reality? Am I considered a “dreamer” who won’t succeed if I read only fiction?

I also judge the people I come across now, if they mention how “they only read non-fiction” with an air of superiority. You might be intelligent but how good is your emotional quotient? Have you learnt everything about empathy from books that directly say how you should think and behave? What made you think that you’re superior just because you read only/mostly non-fiction? And why can’t you take fictional books “seriously”?

If I’m being judged because of my reading choices, I’m going to judge back.

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Talk to me!

Why do you think non-fiction books are often considered to be superior? Have you come across fiction snobs too? What are your thoughts on non-fiction vs fiction relating to reality vs dreams?

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57 thoughts on “Is Non-Fiction The “Superior” Genre? || Discussion”

  1. This was a super fun discussion! I personally don’t like reading non-fiction. I don’t really care about reading about other peoples lives. I don’t care to read celebratory’s biographies either. The only non-fiction I read are self-help type books. I think those are super insightful. I also don’t like reading non-fiction that talks about history and stuff. I just find it super boring. I luckily haven’t met anyone snobby about reading non-fiction, not yet anyways. I’m sorry you’ve experienced this. I wish people would just let others enjoy what they like *eye rolls*
    -Amber

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  2. I think I haven’t come across non-fiction snobs yet (fortunately) but aren’t fiction snobs simply classics / literary fiction snobs? I don’t come across those often as well (apparently I curate my bookish acquaintances well enough) but, god, are they annoying. Reading YA or romances or whatever isn’t inferior (and many classics aren’t that good anyway).
    Non-fiction snobbery probably comes from the notion that if something isn’t immediately useful in your career or similar area then it’s not worth your time just like hobbies are slowly being replaced by ‘side-hustles’. Consuming art is slowly losing value.
    I love reading non-fiction and gaining knowledge but fiction makes you FEEL things. Our emotional side is just as important as our intellectual side.
    Great post!! ❤

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  3. I haven’t come acroos non fiction snobs but I get a lot of fantasy/ fiction is a waste of time from my family. It sometimes annoys me that they think one thing is better than the other.
    But as @localbeehuntersnook said I’ve come across classic snobs a bot. They won’t say anything but it’s as if we are divided into clases by genre’s. As if one thing is bettet than the other.

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    1. Oh true true. A few people I’ve met actually said the only sensible fiction genre is fantasy because they understand why we’d read that but not contemporary because what’s the point in reading about the current world if you really want fiction. I haven’t come across classics snobs myself but I think that’s to do with “everyone must read classics since they’re popular”?

      And yeah, genre snobbery is an entire thing (esp against romance) but that would be a LOT so I stuck to the main two in this post 😅

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  4. I love this discussion!! I feel like it’s something that really divides people and can make others feel inferior, which is so frustrating. I actually had a (now ex) boyfriend ask me “oh, so you don’t read, like, adult books?” after seeing that my bookshelves were full of YA/adult fantasy and contemporary, and then I felt like I had to defend my reading choices and that I was immature for not consuming nonfiction and classics and literary fiction and all that. *sigh* Like why wouldn’t I want to escape into a fantasy world!!

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    1. Thank you! I’m really glad you liked it 😊

      First of all, so glad that he is your ex now. No one asked for his opinion and how dare he invalidate your reading choices when he’s supposed to like you 😤 also, yes to why wouldn’t you want to escape into a fantasy world!!

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  5. Oh my God! I agree with literally everything in this post, especially the fact that fiction teaches a lot. When we’re talking about these authentic representation of cultures in books, are we not in a way signing up to learn about the culture and understand things we didn’t already know? Loved this post ❤

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    1. I’m so glad you liked the post, Fanna! And YES to representation. In fact, middle grade books with all kinda of representation really helps normalize it when it is generally not normalized in society. Especially with themes like diversity in the West, disability and mental illness in India etc.

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  6. Oh yes I definitely have argued with others about this, in my case it usually comes from my older relatives who praise themselves on their “academia”. There is a belief that the more non fic books you read the more knowledgeable and “intellectual” you become. And fic is basically childish fairytales. How annoying.

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    1. SAME. I couldn’t argue because the people who told me were generally mom’s colleagues so I had to just maintain politeness but I would really annoyed.

      And yeah, the reasoning is the same. You can keep your intellect if it means I get to be a nice person 🙄

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  7. Yar I have a lot to tell after reading this the very first thing is that I have been judged from when I was three for reading fiction and cartoons…
    When I started indulging myself in reading I had to take a lot of criticism and hurt to my tender heart and I’m even more a closed off person now ..

    I do not trust people anymore unless I judge them on how they treat me.. it’s been a painful live for this matter, I still get trash comments for reading more fiction … I keep hearing “you could study for competitive exams instead” well hell … I’m nit a university topper just like that and they just don’t get it !!

    I do not do non fiction .. I almost got sick trying to read I am Malala cz it just wasn’t for me at all but the same themed fiction books I can read ..

    People have been and still are judging me for this.. it actually hurts even though I try to not care anymore. This was so well written I could remember every time I was given a non-enlightening lecture on reading more nonfiction

    I do make exception sometimes but damnn fiction is the best source for everything and it keeps me empathetically sane

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    1. IT KEEPS US SANE, EXACTLY. F everyone who told you anything 😤 they make us question our choices so much and invalidate our hobbies. We’re reading as a hobby, not to succeed in life. Not everything is related to success and studying. Tell them to go read more if they want to and leave you alone 😤

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  8. i haven’t thought about this discussion in a while, however, because of school, i’ve noticed that i read a lot more nonfiction in school than for fun. i agree: i use fiction to escape my life. the best books, such as we hunt the flame and an ember in the ashes pull you into the world for a little while, which is a lot of fun. however, i wish that more recent fiction was read and talked about in schools. one book i would love to discuss in my lit class is the poppy war, although i don’t think my teacher would add it to her curriculum this year.

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  9. Relating non-fic vs fic to reality and dreams is so spot on! Reading about your experience, I feel lucky that I have met *very* few people who are actual fiction snobs. Most of my bookish friends are into fiction too. I personally think non-fiction are boring – at least, the few I’ve started and never got past the first three chapters haha! But maybe I just haven’t read an interesting non-fiction yet.

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    1. Thank you! I haven’t seen the comparison before and wanted to put it out there as a possibility.

      Maybe you haven’t read non-fiction that would interest YOU yet. Non-fiction is as broad as fiction and it definitely takes time to find a sub-genre that you like. I found mine only a few months back after trying for years. Keep yourself open but don’t force it 😊

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  10. This was a great discussion! I personally haven’t encountered people looking down on fiction specifically, but I’ve definitely had people say my reading tastes (mainly YA and children’s) aren’t “well rounded” or “literary” enough. I think people like to think of nonfiction as superior because it’s seen as more “challenging” than fiction and more scholarly, whereas fiction is more for entertainment.

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    1. Thank you! I agree, non-fiction is considered more “challenging” and hence is given more value. But is it challenging because it actually contains more value or because it’s hard to read? If the reason is the latter, the entire perception is wrong.

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  11. I totally agree. It is hilarious that this happens usually with people who are not even that voracious readers. At least some of us fiction read regularly.

    While I read Non fiction once in a while, but this snobbishness is annoying.

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  12. This is a wonderful post and I completely agree with the interesting points that you make! I read nonfiction a lot when I was a child, but now I hardly read it at all. I don’t understand the snobbery towards fiction readers, or towards anyone’s reading tastes to be honest. Fiction is fantastic for all the reasons you mentioned and more 😊

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  13. I’m personally big on reading both non-fiction and fiction. As a kid and teen I actually found myself reading more non-fiction because I had trouble finding genres and tropes that I liked. But once I did reading became a much more fulfilling hobby. And I find my fiction reads to be so important because they’ve taught me empathy and have given me a place to let my emotions out. Non-fiction, even if it’s about something like emotional intelligence, just doesn’t have the same impact.
    I used to be way more into personal development books (and in many ways I still am), but I’ve found that books like these are missing that element that you get from fiction. Some things just can’t be taught, they have to be experienced, and fiction has been a way to experience that. I’ve also found a lot of non-fiction/self-help books give extremely calculated advice, and I wouldn’t be surprised if some of this stuff really gets to people’s heads and makes them feel superior for what they’ve just learned. That being said, I’m pretty careful about what books I pick up within the self-help genre now, because a lot of these books have different intentions. Some of the books I’ve read have been more about feeling better about myself than actually being a better person, and there was definitely a point in time where I took all of these books’ advice without question.
    I feel like most of the people I meet don’t read anything so I don’t really get any judgment at all – if anything, I think people get a bit intimidated by how much I read, which I always try to stop immediately because I don’t want to make anyone feel bad about that. And if someone shows interest in a certain genre (or has no idea) I try to help them out. I see a lot of people who are intimidated by non-fiction but want to try it too, so I also try to help with that. But I’d never want people to feel inferior because of what I read or how much I read. I feel like people that cast these judgments don’t understand the value that these books carry, and don’t want to appreciate the effort that goes into writing fiction.

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    1. I agree, some things can be learnt only through experiencing and fiction is a way to do that.

      Also, yes to non-fiction sometimes being calculated. Even if it’s about growth, some books talk in a way to get the most out of every situation and it doesn’t sit right with me.

      I did watch a thoughtful YouTube video (not sure by who) which explained how self-help is also an industry and the books just keep you hooked on. A lot of the times, the book seem helpful but they’re really not and they lead us in a cycle where we think if we read just one more book, we’ll know it all.

      Thanks for the comment!

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      1. That sounds like an interesting video! I’ve watched something similar about a particular book within the self-help world but I may have to seek out more of them because I’d love to be able to better differentiate what’s a part of that industry/culture and what’s genuine.

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  14. I totally agree with EVERYTHING in this post! I absolutely love non-fiction because of how it teaches me new ways to think about the world we live in. I normally read fiction, but when I do read non-fiction, it usually ends up being a very intriguing, thoughtful read!

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad you liked the post 😅
      Non-fiction does tend to be very intriguing and informative but at times I wonder if every book actually HELPS as it claims to. Recently I’ve learnt about how non-fiction is also an industry and that they lead us in an obsessive cycle of “if I just read one more book, I’ll know it all and will be the best version of myself” which doesn’t actually help us. Since then, I’ve been more critical of my non-fiction reads 😅

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  15. WOW!!! Thank you soo much for this post! I agree with everything you’ve said. While I do acknowledge that non-fiction books have a lot to give, I strongly believe (and I KNOW) that fiction books do too.

    Fiction books gave me hope at the worst period of my entire life and they made me believe that things were going to get better (which was so so true). I am sooo grateful that fiction books were there when I desperately needed to have faith in myself and in the future. I have grown soo much as a person because of these books and I am so glad to have this crutch when things are getting hard in my life.

    For some reason, this discussion made me think of this quote : “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” It’s from Coraline by Neil Gaiman (which I haven’t read but anyway). I believe it can apply to fiction books too, especially if they have a happy ending. Fiction books show us that even huge problems can be solved and that in the end, it’s all going to be worth it.

    ANYWAY sorry (again) for these long comments but turns out I have a lot of thoughts tonight. And sorry for this somewhat emotional comment, today was not a good day. All I wanted to say was THANK YOU for this and I am so glad that fiction books help you live and get up when you need to.

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    1. Aw I hope the day got better for you!! Sending all the love ❤️

      And that quote is so on-point! Fiction gives us hope and it is downplayed way too much. Fiction can be very rewarding and considering that it’s not “smart enough” to be read is nonsense that has been made up by people who like to feel superior 😤

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  16. Fantastic breakdown, Sumedha! I feel bad that many still see non-fiction as the superior genre as they grow older. As if things that remain stuck in the real world offer more insight in it than fiction could. Lies! Fiction, whatever form it takes, can be even more powerful than non-fiction, making us realize certain ideas even better too!

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  17. This is great discussion post!
    Books are my safe place as well, I love the feeling of falling into a fantasy book and getting lost in its world and magic (dragons are always a plus 😁)
    I haven’t read any nonfiction, it’s a genre I wanna give a try before i declare that it’s not for me, I have The Subtle art of not giving an eff on myself for a while, maybe I should get to it soon

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  18. “In a way, the non-fiction vs fiction debate also comes down to realists vs dreamers.”

    Excuse me this line is EVERYTHING! I mean this entire post was a delight to read, I found myself just nodding at so many points you brought up hehe. I definitely think people are super quick to judge readers who primarily/only read fiction, often those that do are either no into reading or they read non-fiction only. If we were to generalise I would say a lot of them are academic people and those who read mostly fiction are creative people (of course there is overlap but if we were to generalise for a moment!). I’ve often found people who are more into the academics to prefer having set facts, knowledge and don’t really understand or grasp the beauty of stories. This isn’t to say everyone who is more of an academic is like that.

    I just find most academics are also realists, they have their feet planted firmly on the ground. Whereas creatives are dreamers at varying levels, some of us are so high they’re chatting with the stars. Others float around the sky, bouncing on the clouds without worry of falling because it’s in a dreamers nature to dream big, dream high. If we fall, another cloud will catch us right? Then you have dreamers who straddle the line in my mind, of being closest to understanding the realists. We just hate that we understand them because we desperately want to join our dreamer friends in the clouds and stars. Instead we skimming the underbelly of fluffy clouds, knowing if we fall maybe the ocean will catch us…or maybe it will drown us because if we’re being real it’s a 50-50 chance. Lmao I think I went on a tangent but I hope this point makes some sense. I definitely think there’s a lot of truth that non-fiction = realist approach whereas fiction = a dreamer approach.

    As for me, I’ve always been a dreamer although as I’ve gotten older I think I fell from chatting to the stars to being under the damn clouds cause I understand some of the realists takes. I still stand by the fact fiction books teaches you more than non-fiction, which is a matter of opinion but a lot of non-fiction isn’t accurately told and it’s going to biased based on the writer. Fiction…we’re learning from characters, from fictional worlds but most importantly we learn how to empathise with other people, we learn how to respect others and learn so much about ourselves too. Non-fiction may help us win the race but fiction keeps us alive period.

    I do read non-fiction now though, I used to hate it and find it boring >.> Now I enjoy reading astrology books, which arguably many realists would say isn’t non-fiction but pfffft I think if you remain so narrow minded, you’ll never truly grow and evolve as a human being. Fiction shows us this time after time with character arcs. Anyhoo I really loved this post, in case that wasn’t obvious haha ❤

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    1. Clo, you might have as well written an entire blog post in the comments haha.

      I’m surprised that the connection hasn’t been made before, tbh! And yes, if we were to generalize, you’re totally right about academics and creatives. This divide is especially seen in younger people who have decided one side, maybe after teens.

      I’m not sure if you’ve realized, but mid-teens to mid or late-twenties is a period when people stick to one path and usually don’t deviate from it. I could probably write a thousand words theorizing why but that is one of the reasons that any kind of snobbery comes into place. It’s because people are set in their decisions and opinions. There may be a little overlap but not a lot.

      I started enjoying non-fiction too, this year! I realized that I like history and facts so I’m looking for more such books.

      I’m glad you liked the post! ❤

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  19. A thorough post. I am a non fiction reader. But occasionally read fiction. I wish to write a book one day and on that research I learnt that fiction writers have to do a lot of research to write their books. My point being fiction has non fiction in it, as stories are about lifes .
    If that makes any sense at all.

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  20. Great post! I personally haven’t come across many people who react negatively when I tell them that I read more fiction that non-fiction however I have noticed a trend across social media (and mainstream media) against fiction as it is considered to be too light. I always question these trends as they seem too biased and unrepresentative. I always say that readers should read whatever genre they enjoy and feel comfortable with and not worry about what others say, although I realise that it’s sometimes hard to do. I like your balanced arguments and the points you raise for both fiction and non-fiction and really enjoyed reading this post!

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  21. I also started reading when I was quite young. As I quit school at 12, I spent several years just reading! It was great. Mainly fiction, from my parents bookshelf, which was filled with Penguin books, the first fiction reprint paperback line in the UK. I have always felt that fiction is as real as it gets. You can be in the mind and share the life of a person from another time and place, and I feel you can learn as much about them as if you knew them- maybe even more as the author takes you into their head. I read everything still and write too. Presently, I am mainly writing non-fiction, telling tales of hanging banners and accosting aircraft carriers with Greenpeace, climbing mountains in Mexico and the Himalayas, and making my living by inventing answers to market research questionnaires. I also have a couple of fiction pieces too! https://writesimon.wordpress.com that’s me. I hope you enjoy my blog as much as I have enjoyed yours Happy reading and happy blogging

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