Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The Positive Effects of Reading Fiction
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?