Do you prefer reading literary fiction or pop fiction and can you tell us why?
Do you have favorites from either genre?
I enjoy both, but I gravitate toward the popular genres. Probably because literary fiction tends to be on the depressing side of things. Plus, genre fiction like fantasy and science fiction can show us things we will never see in real life, which gives them an imaginative quality that I can't seem to get enough of. But, in my experience with both, one isn't better than the other, it's all a matter of opinion. A lot of people see the popular genres as fluff, but each side of the spectrum is equally capable of producing classics and duds.
Thanks for your reply. It's an interesting observation you've made in regard to literary fiction being depressing. It tends to concentrate more on the life and human elements of characters. I think it's good to read from all genres.
I completely agree about reading all genres. And I think it's the literary genre's depiction of human elements that results in my perception of it being depressing. Real life can be a real bummer sometimes.
I read both; as a matter of fact, I am one of those who read several books at a time. I just finished, 'Lolita' and am now starting on 'Inferno' by Dan Brown. I like to test the waters and expand my boundaries, which in turn expand my mind. I believe that reading is not just entertaining, but educational as well. I also feel that as a writer, it is essential that I read. I don't know if not reading means you can't be a good writer, but I do believe that the more you read, including the variety of work you read, that the better your writing will be. Obviously, Rebekah, you have done an enormous amount of reading!
I agree that writers need to read, a lot. I've read Lolita years ago, but would read it again. I've read some Dan Brown but not Inferno. I have his illustrated hard cover, DaVinci Code, which I loved. Thanks for the compliment! I am a reader.
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