The Great Divide – The Daily Prompt for Monday, September 29, 2014
When reading for fun, do you usually choose fiction or non-fiction? Do you have an idea why you prefer one over the other?
There is no great divide. You must have made that up. Or maybe you don’t read much because if you did, you would know that literature is a continuity, a world without walls.
All my friends read. Friends and acquaintances, we read everything. Anything. Non-fiction and fiction, fantasy, mystery, and science fiction. The back of cereal boxes and magazines. Newspapers. Science and biography. Auto-biography and historical fiction.
I’m not sure there’s a whole lot of difference between historical fiction and regular old history anyhow. There’s a lot of fiction, made-up nonsense, wishful thinking and mythology in traditional history … and a lot of truth in fiction. Sometimes, the freedom an author gets under the cloak of fiction gives him or her the opportunity to write truer and reach more people than he or she could accomplish in an academic setting.
Those who love books don’t worry much about such distinctions. We pick books based on whether or not they will engage us. Teach us something we want to know. Make us laugh, cry, grow, change.
Most importantly, books take us out of ourselves. They transport us into a bigger world and give us food for thought and tools for understanding.
May a day never come when I confine my reading to a single genre, rejecting all others.
May the world never force such an awful choice upon me or anyone.