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Non Fiction: Just not for me.
I have a seriously hard time getting past the words “non fiction.” You could describe the most amazing book ever and then tell me it’s a non fiction book and I’m instantly turned off. I can’t help it, it’s a curse word to me.
I can’t tell what it is exactly that puts me off. Some of them are boring. Some read like a text book. Some I think I would just like better if I knew that it wasn’t actually real.
And maybe that’s the thing here for me. Maybe I don’t want my books to be “real.”
I read for a variety of reasons, but mostly because reading takes me places. It takes me to the happily ever afters that we don’t always see in real life, it takes me to places that can only exist in my (and the authors) imagination, it takes me on a journey, and in the end (even if it’s not a happily ever after) I know it’s going to be all right, because it’s not real.
I’ve read books that have stressed me out or made me cry because of certain characters deaths. I’ve read books where bad and terrible things happen to both good and bad characters. But once I step out of the pages it’s a relief to know that those things didn’t actually happen. No one actually died (though sometimes it certainly feels that way!) or get hurt.
Non fiction is real. It really happened. I read (and enjoyed) Helter Skelter but it was by far the most disturbing book I’ve ever read. I’ve read other books where bad and gruesome things happened, but the fact that that really happened made it that much worse.
I recently read Wild and I liked it well enough, but I know that I would have probably liked it more if I hadn’t known it was real. The fact that it was “real” makes me feel detached from the book. Not really sure if that makes sense, but I have no other words to describe it.
How do you feel about non fiction? Does it put you off? Do other genres put you off?
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