Munchkin City Coroner: For thousands of years, religious texts have proven that reading fiction does not lead to open-mindedness.
Quaker: I'm not sure about that:[cdn.www.carm.org image 224x184]
Benevolent Misanthrope: flucto: This message brought to you by the American Council of People Who Couldn't Get Degrees Involving Math Aren't Willing to Do What It Takes to Make Their Lives What they Want Them To Be, and Instead Opt for Constant Escapism.Not necessarily a fix, just another option. I know someone who reads only fiction and cheerfully admits it's escapism. I prefer making my reality pleasant to escaping it because I don't like it. Plus, I don;t have the aded wkwardness of being slammed back to reality from time to time.
cptjeff: Canton: Oh, and I have actually read some Shakespeare. Midsummer Night's Dream remains my favorite.Macbeth is my favorite. Even got to play Macbeth (badly) during a production my English class put on in high school, nobody else wanted to take the lead. Of course, years later, during a reunion, some people mentioned it when talking to me, so I was either better than I thought or really, really bad.But the dynamics in that play are just really, really fun. Macbeth's conscience bugging him, his wife responding by pushing him even further into the mess they've gotten themselves into, their simultaneous descents into utter insanity. The ghost of Banquo, the witches... Yeah, it's a great one.Ya know, if I ever take the leap from working in politics to running for office, I'm going to use having played that part to answer the "what inspired you to run for office?" question, just to see the reaction.
Canton: Oh, and I have actually read some Shakespeare. Midsummer Night's Dream remains my favorite.
Dion Fortune: I dislike reading fiction most of the time. I often feel like the author is trying to shove their ideology down my throat, using a contrived, fictitious story as supposed evidence
Canton: /Hasn't read the Bible.//Keeps meaning to.///Meh.
cptjeff: Benevolent Misanthrope: but just didn't interest me nearly as much as the new biography of Heinrich Himmler.Do we need to read anything into this?
New Farkin User Name: Benevolent, sometimes you need to wade through the shiat to find that one shiny nickle.
Benevolent Misanthrope: Smackledorfer: Benevolent Misanthrope: Seriously, the popular fiction I see these days coming through the library is absolutely abysmal. I could do better, but I don't have the time or interest to write a novel, and it would never get published due to lack of mommy-porn. Novels are driven by the lowest common denominator of the anticipated audience. And that is low indeed.'I am better than everyone, both the readers and the writers, but I shall not stoop so low as to prove it'Nothing arrogant or obnoxious about that, is there?Are you actually going to white-knight 50 Shades of Grey?Do proceed. I'll go make popcorn.
danceswithcrows: Dion Fortune: I dislike reading fiction most of the time. I often feel like the author is trying to shove their ideology down my throat, using a contrived, fictitious story as supposed evidenceWhat fiction are you reading? If you can detect a blatant agenda in fiction, it could be a sign that the fiction isn't very good. Authorial bias is always there. Good authors try to make it subtle and/or natural; they usually don't beat you over the head with it. There are a lot of bad authors out there, though.Why read a novel when I could be reading something interesting or useful? (Ok, so I do like watching movies and tv.)Novels do certain things better than movies/TV. It's quite difficult to depict what a character is thinking on a screen, while it's insanely easy to do that in a novel. Since movies/TV cost more to make than novels, movies/TV have to chase eyeballs and revenue more blatantly than novels do. This means that movies/TV tend to lack subtlety and cater to whatever's currently fashionable. (OK, novels are fashion-driven to some extent, but most novelists don't have as many producers and focus groupies hollering at them demanding more fanservice/more fight scenes/more product placement.)
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