Haven’t posted in a while due to an overabundance of school work, but I saw this prompt (and the Blogging 101 assignment) and it sparked me to do a little bit of writing:
The Great Divide: When reading for fun, do you usually choose fiction or non-fiction? Do you have an idea why you prefer one over the other?
I used to be a purely fiction reader. I remember, as a kid, I would skip class and go to the library to read these English Magic Key series. It featured 3 main characters, Biff, Chip and Kipper going on adventures revolving around a magic key. As i grew older, i graduated to actual novels (without pictures on every page!!) some of my favorite series were the Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings series. Wouldn’t say I had an unhappy childhood but there was enough stress and family stuff that cracking open those pages brought a release I couldn’t find elsewhere. After hitting 13 and building my first PC, i discovered a love for tech and science-fiction became a part of my library. Space Demons, i, Robots and the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy were some of favorites growing up. Fantasy and Sci-fi have become a mainstay of my reading lists, and I always enjoy discovering new lands and explore the magic in these worlds.
As I have grown older though, I have started injecting some non-fiction into the mix. Some recent favorites have been Steve Job’s biography , Phil Jackson’s Sacred Hoops, and Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. It serves as an extension of my learning process: in conjunction with browsing the internet to acquire new information, non-fiction books acts as an alternate source. It is an avenue of personal growth, because it introduces new ideas and new ways of thinking. I love expanding my store of knowledge, and reading is an invaluable way of doing so.
While I always strive to learn more, escaping into a fantasy world where heroes can overcome any hardship and challenge is just pure joy. I definitely prefer reading fiction over non-fiction if only for the escapism. I’m highly attached to the ideals and romanticism novels gave me as a reader. It has shaped who I am today: my code of justice, my believes about romance, my sense of morality. Essentially, how I view the world. It might be idealistic to expect life to work out as in a novel, but what’s the fun in being highly realistic? If there’s one thing novels taught me is that there isn’t a challenge to tough to conquer, and the tougher the quest, the more rewarding the outcome. Strive for the stars and we’ll get there eventually 🙂