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Do you prefer fact or fiction - generally?

Asked by Spinel (3220points) February 6th, 2010

Does a good story or an updated encyclopedia entry inspire you more? Which do you pick up first? Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction when it comes to books or any area of life?

Don’t think along the lines of truth and lies here. Think more of facts and stories.

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laureth's avatar

I prefer fact from fiction, truth from diction – in books and films. ;)

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I love a good story.Mark Twain is my favorite author,but nowadays,I am more likely to pick up a non-fiction book.

DominicX's avatar

I like them both, to be honest. Sure, maybe I read Wikipedia articles more than I read fictional novels, but I don’t have all that much time to dedicate to a good fiction novel, whereas a few minutes are needed for a Wikipedia article. I have been known to spend extended periods of time reading linguistics-related articles on Wikipedia and I find it endlessly entertaining. I also love documentaries and such. As a writer, I deal entirely in fiction and the idea of writing non-fiction bores me.

So honestly: both. I’m not sure I could really say which one I prefer.

phoebusg's avatar

Who says fact, is fact and not an elaborate system of fiction?
That said, I devour information in any shape or form.

zero30's avatar

I like both

absalom's avatar

I like both but I prefer fiction.

TehRoflMobile's avatar

Fiction, there is a reason they call it Fantasy. You can’t live it ;)

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I go through phases – for months I can be on non-fic kick and then on a fic kick.

eponymoushipster's avatar

dammit, @laureth, you stole my joke…;)~

Trillian's avatar

I like both, it just depends on my mood. I have a little of everything in my library, but I guess over half is fiction.

MissAusten's avatar

The vast majority of what I read is fiction. I read a few nonfiction books a year, but usually choose something that’s written like a novel. I average 3 books a week, so you can see how the fiction drastically outnumbers the nonfiction.

As for why I prefer fiction, I guess I have this idea that nonfiction is boring. I know that’s not true, but it’s still rare for me to visit anything other than the fiction section of the library or bookstore. Reading is kind of an escape for me, and it’s easier to escape into nonfiction.

janbb's avatar

Fact from fiction; truth from diction.

Papeversomniferum's avatar

Fiction because fiction can be made into fact…There is nowhere to go from fact, you can’t mess with it, other than to elaborate on it, which is still fact. I suppose I don’t like concrete concepts.

phoebusg's avatar

Yes you can “mess with fact”. This word, fact, it’s so dogmatic – implying fact is something so solid, never to be touched again. Science is re-evaluative, if all facts come from science – then all facts can be re-evaluated ad-infinitum until more and more refined. There are no absolutes, only things that are closer, and things that are further from “fact” or “THE truth” etc.

belakyre's avatar

The only non-fiction books I read are my text-books and instruction manuals (if that’s really a book).

12_func_multi_tool's avatar

Both are on my list, maybe someone smarter can give the reasons’.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

I enjoy reading insightful fiction. To me that mean fiction that reveals truths about the human condition.

I respect non-fiction as a resource to expand my factual knowledge.

downtide's avatar

For entertainment I prefer fiction. If I need facts for something, I prefer non-fiction.

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