Sunday, April 26, 2009

Fiction vs Non-Fiction - My own discovery

I used to be a voracious reader! I would read everything and anything except for Sci-Fi.

The last couple of years, I haven't spent the time. Really, it's a matter of priorities and I found that if I had to choose between going to the gym or laying in bed and reading a book. I choose the gym. I also noticed that my tastes in books have radically changed. When I was younger, I would read lots of fiction, romance etc. Now, however, it no longer appeals to me. To be brutally honest, the only non-fiction writer I read is her. And not only do I love her as a person, but I "get" her writing and her characters. Since I know her background, I also know where some of the inspiration comes from. Thus, it is interesting to me. Her latest bookwas particularly intriguing to me since I knew her daughter had spent time in Romania serving in the hospital and orphanage so I really knew the basis for the experiences of the character. It was more real to me than fiction normally is.

Well at the last book signing she did, I saw a small little book on sale for just a couple of bucks. Those around me said it was a great book and outlined the premise. I thought it sounded interesting and for a couple of bucks, I bought two copies. Once for me and one to give as a gift.

The book?
The Wednesday Letters by Jason F Wright.
The premise is that the married couple dies and their children find these letters that husband has written to wife every single Wednesday since the day they got married. Some family secrets come out, and in the end there is a lesson on repentance, forgiveness and redemption.

Sounds good right? eh, okay I guess. While it was a quick read, and had a great message, I think I've realized that other than hers, non-fiction books just feel too contrived for me. I want a REAL story. I want to read about REAL things, REAL people and REAL situations. Give me a biography, and I am in heaven. That's probably why I read the newspaper every single day (and not on line - real ink and paper), read People magazine (debatable about realness, I know) and have discovered the joys of other's blogs. Unless you are lying on your blog, then me no likey.

I've discovered, I'm no good with fantasy. No good with pretend or made-up. I want something real and something true. I've discovered I am no longer a fiction reader. Just the facts ma'am!


Jan the crazy lady said...

I am so with you. I love some fiction. But hardly ever read it. I am all about something that is real and life changing. I want to learn something and read about examples and such.

Great post Melissa.

tammy said...

Not me. I love me some good fiction. I have about 20 favorite authors and it's growing all the time. One of my favorite times of day is sitting in the parent pick-up line waiting for Boo and reading my book. If I start to finish one, and don't have another lined up, I start to panic.

But I do have a thing with library books. I can't stand to read library books beacuse of the person before me that read it. I can't stand to think of their grimy hands on it. Grosses me out. I need clean fresh untouched pages. I know with your pool issues, you totally get it.

Brittany Marie said...

Ooo- try this book, "Lucy" by Ellen Feldman. It's an historical fiction novel based on FDR and his mistress Lucy Mercer. It's SO good.

I'd guilt you into reading my non-fiction book, but I'm sure you already know everything that it has to say. LOL

SO said...

I use books to escape. I should probably look to you as an example though and put the books down and hit the gym more.

I love fiction. I would love to be able to read non-fiction but it is so hard for me to get into. I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because I use them as an escape.

Anonymous said...

I have been the same kind of reader. I would devour at least 3 books at week or more. Now I can't seem to get through one book in a month. Because I have other things I am doing. I am still trying to finish up a book that my daughter wants to read. But being the protective mom I am I have to read it first. It has been 2 months since I started it. Guess it is a good thing I own it. Could you imagine those library fees?

My taste in books have changed also.

tiburon said...

I am a fiction girl. I don't like to learn anything.

Terri Ferran said...

I will write a non-fiction book just for you. At least, I will say it is non-fiction, in order to trick you into reading it. You will read it and think "Wow! That is ONE amazing person!" Then you will realize that I lied about all of it and it is really fiction, because three pages from the end, I will disclose it was all a dream. But it really won't be three pages from the end, because you would be prepped for that. It will be somewhere between the first and last words in the novel. Oops! I said NOVEL! I meant, NON-FICTION.

p.s. I heard you ate 1/2 a cow last night......... hmmmmmmm. Maybe it was 1/2 a pig and one chicken heart. I'm pretty sure I ate my weight in chocolate frosting. Thanks for donating to the poundage! It took A LOT OF FROSTING!

Shawn said...

I love to read EVERYTHING! I like fiction and non-fiction---but it just depends on my mood....but I do find that I tend to like more serious books than I used to read.

Have you read Glass Castles?(non-fiction) Now that was REAL---its been three weeks since I finished it and I still find myself thinking about it.

Sue said...

Interesting! I don't think I thought about it much. I do like real stories and love to read about peoples lives.

Historical fiction is one of my fav. because you get both.

Omgirl said...

I really love non-fiction too. Try The Egg and I. Really good.

Becca said...

I'm a both kind of girl. I love to learn and (hopefully) stimulate my brain. But I also love to escape into a good story too!