Today's topic for Book Blogger Appreciation Week is a meme and the idea was just to choose one or keep it as short as possible. In other words, mix it up a bit so as we go around and visit different blogs we don't just see same-same. ;)
I chose the question, Fiction, non-Fiction, or both? to answer.
I love fiction. Passionately. I also enjoy nonfiction.
I once heard a book blogger say they prefer nonfiction because it was all right there. So much truth. They said fiction was a lot of work for a little bit of truth.
It's possible, of course, that they're right though there are some heavy weight novels that pack so much truth in every word. But the way truth is revealed through fiction is usually in a way that I remember.
I do like nonfiction, but I generally don't read more than a few titles a year. The books take me much longer and I probably come away having learned the same amount as the number of fiction titles I could read in the same time.
And then of course...I just love reading fiction. It's fun. It moves me to tears, it angers me, it inspires me, it lets me walk in someone else's shoes. Fiction makes me laugh and slip away to another world. Fiction alters my perspective, opens up endless possibilities and hits me with the truth. Fiction can be both escape and salvation...pure art and while there are certainly a million practical reasons to read nonfiction, fiction brings the same truth and knowledge wrapped in a prettier package. I love it! :)
And speaking of...imagine my joy when I read on Twitter yesterday that Wicked Lovely is set to be adapted to film!!!(I suspect Chris is especially stoked about this news ;) Let the casting predictions and hopes begin!!