Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Positive Effects of Reading Fiction

For as long as I can remember, I've been a reader. The world of fiction has fed my soul. How about you? Do you feel fiction has benefited your outlook?

I've learned about other cultures, points of view, religions, and lifestyles. Books have allowed me to experience others' lives by presenting universal emotions and viewpoints that help me to see my world more clearly.

I've become more compassionate and softened my edges by reading about people who struggle with difficulties that don't tempt me.

I've had readers email me to say they've seen a different viewpoint that has softened them or they've been challenged to be a kinder person after reading one of my novels. You can't imagine what a blessing that is to a writer.

Books open my world and tell me I'm not alone. Fiction lets me know I'm not the only person who's felt a particular way. Isn't that wonderful?

F. Scott Fitzgerald also commented on this, "That is part of the beauty of literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolate from anyone. You belong."

Please, share your thoughts. How has fiction enriched you?

1 comment:

Sharon B said...

Since I tend to read mostly historical fiction I have learned a lot about history. I love getting lost in a world of true events and yet many of the characters are totally fictional, but bring the story alive.

The other thing I love about a good book is I have a very vivid imagination and in my mind the story and characters become real. I totally get wrapped up in the story and the characters to the point I feel as if I have to say goodbye to a friend when I turn to the last page.