Saturday, April 6, 2013

Fiction is the Love of My Life

I love books... I love to read... But most of all... I love to read fiction books! (Am I making sense here?) 

The fact is, no matter how hard I try (and I do try pretty hard), non fiction just does not do much for me. I have read a few of them and I can't really say I was moved or touched by any of them except for one (When A Tree Shook Delhi: The 1984 Carnage And Its Aftermath by Manoj Mitta, H.S. Phoolka). 

All the other books that have been part of my life are all fiction books. I remember the very first book that made me cry -- The Great Gatsby by F. Scot Fitzgerald. The ending just made tears fall from my eyes! 

The cover of the first edition of The Great Ga...
The Great Gatsby (1925) 
Maybe the reason I love fiction books is that it allows me to be transported somewhere else. Those stories are able to make me forget that the world is not as fair as I would like it to be. Fiction allows me to take time out and visit distant lands that I probably will never get to see. I get to be a teenager on an adventure, a detective trying to solve a case, a spy being hunted by the agency I used to work for, a princess, a baker trying to deal with a Nazi war criminal... People I could never, ever be. 

I remember reading Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher and having goosebumps. Stephen King's The Shining left me so scared I was unable to sleep for days! Gone With The Wind left me breathless (and I had a major crush on Rhet -- probably still do.)
The tragedies in The Thorn Birds were overwhelming (but I was also aghast at just how unlucky some people could get).

There is a magic in Fiction that cannot be found in any other type of books. No matter how scary the story is, or how tragic, you know that you can step out of the book and go back to making sure that the dogs are fed and that dinner doesn't burn. It gives you a short vacation from the realities of life. 

Fiction is and will always be the love of my life. 




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Posted by: Bames Pabla
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19 comments:

  1. Somehow, non-fiction just does not work out much for me; and I'd die if I stopped reading fiction.
    Great post, I can relate to it so much...
    Will keep coming back :)
    Bhavya from the AtoZ Challenge blogging at Just Another Blog

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  2. Think i was into my twenties before I realised that you could learn just as much from fiction as you could from factual books and have fun at the same time. Diary of a Nobody reveals what living in London was like for ordinary people at the end of the 19th century and its gentle humour is LOL funny. It has been called the Victorian equivalent of The Office.
    interesting post. I'm enjoying the A-Z challenge too.
    (Just a thought...if you like The Thorn Birds you might enjoy my novel A Good Confession - on Amazon and good chance it's in a library near you...)

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    1. I will definitely try to get myself a copy of your novel. :)

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    2. oh sweet - actually there's a review copy going for grabs from www.tripfiction.com (more details on my blog) not sure if you have to be UK based....

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  3. My husband is a voracious non-fiction reader, sometimes he'll recommend something to me, and I'll try to read it, but I never finish. Fiction is my niche :)

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    1. My brother is the same way. He actually insists I read something and I do try... However, it's fiction that keeps me "alive" LOL

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  4. I'm with you on this (and eggplant by the way!), except when I started writing my memoir, I read every one I could get my hands on and I must say it has been a lovely experience. But fiction remains my fav.

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  5. My son is studying The Great Gatsby in school this year. Great book!

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    1. I hope he enjoys it as much as I did. :)

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  6. I used to love to read, but then I just couldn't concentrate on the stories anymore so I stopped. But I loved fiction and non-fiction equally, as long as it was a story told well.

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    1. You do have a good point. I guess the main things is enjoying a story that is told so well that a person just has to read through it. :)

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  7. A smile can make a huge difference Bames!
    http://www.thegeektwins.com

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  8. I agree with you about fiction. There have been a few non-fiction books I've enjoyed but by far the majority of what I read is fiction and for the same reasons. To escape my dreary life for a short while and have an adventure I otherwise would never be able to have.

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  9. Poe is in my top five favorite Authors of all time, probably #1, and King would be a close second. "Usher" was the most twisted, psychologically mind bending of Poe's stories and tied for tops with "Tell Tale Heart". I fully agree about non-fiction, though I try it just doesn't grab me the same way as fiction. You're doing great on the A to Z Challenge!

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  10. My husband only reads non fiction and I won't even pick it up. I'm all about the fiction too. I love magical worlds =]

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  11. I do have an affinity for nonfiction, developed in the last few years, but fiction will always hold a special place in my heart, too. :) Awesome post.

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