» Home » Arts
Reading Fiction Is A Waste Of Time
A friend of mine told me that reading novels is a waste of time, and we should read software manuals, history, philosophy or something useful instead. Please tell me what you think and I will let my friend know the result of this debate. Thanks!
 david  26 Nov 2007 15:48
                           (What's this?)  Add to Firefox  RSS
Grenache aka Grand Cru aka John Jay Jaster; thank you for giving me another opportunity to tell the world what a worthless piece of shiite you and your lowlife, unregenerate, reprobate friends are!

Grenache aka Grand Cru aka John Jay Jaster; you and your worthless, lowlife, reprobate friends wouldn't be reading this if you didn't respond to me or make debates that referenced me!

You can send John Jay Jaster a personal email at john_jaster@yahoo.com or you can contact John Jay Jaster at work through the Human Resources Department at john.jaster@sanofi-aventis.com

If you are in the Boston area, you can see John Jay Jaster at work by stopping at Sanofi-Aventis which is located at 270 Albany St, Cambridge, Massachusetts. John Jaster’s phone number at work is 617-679-5600.

Grenache aka Grand Cru aka John Jay Jaster; without any justification, you and your worthless, lowlife, reprobate friends have called me a bunch of smear names such as; racist, homophobic, sexist, fascist, hateful, intolerant, mean-spirited, divisive, inflexible, bigoted, idiot, moron, etc., that the Liberals love to use when they have lost the debate.

Meanwhile, I have only spoken the truth about you when I say that your are an adulterer, a reprobate, and have no absolutes or principles in your life.

All of you worthless, lowlife reprobates voted TWO TIMES for Bathhouse Barry Obozo so it's no mystery that you would have friends who are worthless, lowlife reprobates.

You have more in common with a porn addicted, spouse-swapping, fat lesbian like Artemis aka SkankOpotamus aka Cynthia Horn and her fat, clown faced, "really good friend" Damselfly aka Joanna.

Artemis aka SkankOpotamus aka Cynthia Horn sent me a picture of herself in a blue dress that looked like someone tried to stuff 300 pounds of shiite in a 200 pound blue sack. Gross, really gross!!!

Artemis aka SkankOpotamus aka Cynthia Horn, your lover, Moreno Cubanito, needs you to save his failing YickYak website!!!

You always say that your husband, Michael Horn the runt, doesn't mind sharing you with other guys and gals. You always say that you and the runt enjoy watching porn, have an "open marriage," and that he encourages spouse-swapping and your bisexuality because that doubles his chances for some extra action.

Grenache aka Grand Cru aka John Jay Jaster; Artemis aka SkankOpotamus aka Cynthia Horn said you committed adultery by boinking her fat, married, "really good friend", Damselfly aka Joanna when she visited America.

Since you have so much in common with those two worthless, lowlife reprobates, I cannot understand why any of you worthless, lowlife reprobates would waste your time talking to me.

God weeps for all worthless, lowlife reprobates who will not turn from their sin.

Jeremiah 13:17
17. But if you will not hear it, my soul will weep in secret for your pride; my eyes will weep bitterly and run down with tears,

As a Christian, I am under no obligation to present the gospel to reprobates who will just make fun of the gospel. A Christian should not give what is holy to those who do not appreciate it. Animals such as dogs and hogs cannot appreciate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 7:6
6. "Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.

All of us are sinners to one degree or another and all of us have a daily battle with the temptation to sin. Some people have an almost irresistible desire to steal things. Psychiatrists call these people “kleptomaniacs” but the Lord still requires that they use their free will to say no to their sin and turn toward the Lord. Some people are genetically or psychologically predisposed to be addicted to alcohol or drugs and, in order to quit, sometimes they have to be hospitalized and endure terrible withdrawal symptoms, but the Lord still requires that they use their free will to say no to their sin and turn toward the Lord. Sexual orientation and acts of perversion cannot be conflated with a race of people created by the Lord. In Jeremiah 13:23, the question is asked: "Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots?" Of course, the answer is no. Just by an act of their free will, no one is able to change the color of their skin but every year thousands and thousands of homosexuals use their free will to say no to their sin and turn toward the Lord. In short, genetics loads the gun but free will pulls the trigger. Sodomites, Sodomettes, pedophiles, and bestialists have to continually use their free will to say no to their sin just like everyone else. When you say no to sin – any sin – and keep saying no without giving in to the temptation, you build up spiritual muscle and the temptation to sin becomes less and less.

1 Corinthians 6:9
9. Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators (Greek – pornos – general sexual sin), nor idolaters, nor adulterers (Greek – moichos – sexual intercourse between someone who is married and someone to whom that that person is not married), nor homosexuals (Greek – malakos – efffeminate, a passive partner, a male prostitute, a soft one, a boy or an adult male), nor Sodomites (Greek – arsenokoites – males who defile themselves with other men, an active partner, a male who has sex with an efffeminate male),
10. Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
18. Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.
 
 AR454  27 Oct 2017 20:32
 1 Comment
 
 Grenache aka Grand Cru aka John Jay Jaster; thank you for giving me another opportunity to tell the world what a worthless piece of shiite you and your lowlife, unregenerate, reprobate friends are!

Grenache aka Grand Cru aka John Jay Jaster; you and your worthless, lowlife, reprobate friends wouldn't be reading this if you didn't respond to me or make debates that referenced me!

You can send John Jay Jaster a personal email at john_jaster@yahoo.com or you can contact John Jay Jaster at work through the Human Resources Department at john.jaster@sanofi-aventis.com

If you are in the Boston area, you can see John Jay Jaster at work by stopping at Sanofi-Aventis which is located at 270 Albany St, Cambridge, Massachusetts. John Jaster’s phone number at work is 617-679-5600.

Grenache aka Grand Cru aka John Jay Jaster; without any justification, you and your worthless, lowlife, reprobate friends have called me a bunch of smear names such as; racist, homophobic, sexist, fascist, hateful, intolerant, mean-spirited, divisive, inflexible, bigoted, idiot, moron, etc., that the Liberals love to use when they have lost the debate.

Meanwhile, I have only spoken the truth about you when I say that your are an adulterer, a reprobate, and have no absolutes or principles in your life.

All of you worthless, lowlife reprobates voted TWO TIMES for Bathhouse Barry Obozo so it's no mystery that you would have friends who are worthless, lowlife reprobates.

You have more in common with a porn addicted, spouse-swapping, fat lesbian like Artemis aka SkankOpotamus aka Cynthia Horn and her fat, clown faced, "really good friend" Damselfly aka Joanna.

Artemis aka SkankOpotamus aka Cynthia Horn sent me a picture of herself in a blue dress that looked like someone tried to stuff 300 pounds of shiite in a 200 pound blue sack. Gross, really gross!!!

Artemis aka SkankOpotamus aka Cynthia Horn, your lover, Moreno Cubanito, needs you to save his failing YickYak website!!!

You always say that your husband, Michael Horn the runt, doesn't mind sharing you with other guys and gals. You always say that you and the runt enjoy watching porn, have an "open marriage," and that he encourages spouse-swapping and your bisexuality because that doubles his chances for some extra action.

Grenache aka Grand Cru aka John Jay Jaster; Artemis aka SkankOpotamus aka Cynthia Horn said you committed adultery by boinking her fat, married, "really good friend", Damselfly aka Joanna when she visited America.

Since you have so much in common with those two worthless, lowlife reprobates, I cannot understand why any of you worthless, lowlife reprobates would waste your time talking to me.

God weeps for all worthless, lowlife reprobates who will not turn from their sin.

Jeremiah 13:17
17. But if you will not hear it, my soul will weep in secret for your pride; my eyes will weep bitterly and run down with tears,

As a Christian, I am under no obligation to present the gospel to reprobates who will just make fun of the gospel. A Christian should not give what is holy to those who do not appreciate it. Animals such as dogs and hogs cannot appreciate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 7:6
6. "Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.

All of us are sinners to one degree or another and all of us have a daily battle with the temptation to sin. Some people have an almost irresistible desire to steal things. Psychiatrists call these people “kleptomaniacs” but the Lord still requires that they use their free will to say no to their sin and turn toward the Lord. Some people are genetically or psychologically predisposed to be addicted to alcohol or drugs and, in order to quit, sometimes they have to be hospitalized and endure terrible withdrawal symptoms, but the Lord still requires that they use their free will to say no to their sin and turn toward the Lord. Sexual orientation and acts of perversion cannot be conflated with a race of people created by the Lord. In Jeremiah 13:23, the question is asked: "Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots?" Of course, the answer is no. Just by an act of their free will, no one is able to change the color of their skin but every year thousands and thousands of homosexuals use their free will to say no to their sin and turn toward the Lord. In short, genetics loads the gun but free will pulls the trigger. Sodomites, Sodomettes, pedophiles, and bestialists have to continually use their free will to say no to their sin just like everyone else. When you say no to sin – any sin – and keep saying no without giving in to the temptation, you build up spiritual muscle and the temptation to sin becomes less and less.

1 Corinthians 6:9
9. Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators (Greek – pornos – general sexual sin), nor idolaters, nor adulterers (Greek – moichos – sexual intercourse between someone who is married and someone to whom that that person is not married), nor homosexuals (Greek – malakos – efffeminate, a passive partner, a male prostitute, a soft one, a boy or an adult male), nor Sodomites (Greek – arsenokoites – males who defile themselves with other men, an active partner, a male who has sex with an efffeminate male),
10. nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
18. Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.
by  AR454
 27 Oct 2017 20:32
Comment
  
Comment
  
 
It is a waste of time.
Its fun
But leisure = waste of time. There is no productivity in reading a fiction noevl
 
 Christofu  26 Nov 2014 06:59
 1 Comment
 
 Lol, you sound like a robot! Or borg drone!

Leisure = time to wind down and relieve stress, time to think clearly without pressure, time to post short snappy comments on a debate website. ;)
by  EGWood
 08 Mar 2017 22:27
Comment
  
Comment
  
 
It is a waste of time.

I like fiction, I enjoy it and it amuses me, however it is a waste of time. The only thing you get from fiction is a wider vocabulary, the same thing you could get from something more informative and productive.
So yes, it is a waste of time. But some people can afford to waste time and like to do so.
 
 Gloria  27 May 2013 09:25
 Add a Comment
 
 
Speaking for myself, i LOVE fiction books. I think personally, that you get more creative, and you get inspired more to draw, if you draw, or anything that has to do with the arts
 
 arianamjr  29 May 2012 12:51
 3 Comments
 
 then why are you that it is a waste of time when you are saying it's not
by  Dachoppa_C
 02 Mar 2013 01:32
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
 
I believe that many people enjoy it, and it shouldn't be banned for the people who enjoy it, but in the end, it's a waste of time, and it's useless information. You can learn much more from fiction.
 
 jleer  08 Apr 2012 00:40
 1 Comment
 
 You've just contradicted yourself.
by  eb00089
 12 Oct 2012 17:07
Comment
  
Comment
  
 
Fukk ya
 
 shawn6o8  04 Apr 2012 13:16
 Add a Comment
 
 
You don't learn anything, just useless information.
 
 samurai_e  12 Mar 2012 10:07
 Add a Comment
 
 
Yes, I am for fiction, but lets have more fiction
for MEN. I'm a guy, and find most fiction just
too WORDY.
I would guess the average middle income guy reads next to nothing anyway.
I read hobby and technical stuff,
war history, and Louis L'Amour.
If there were more writers like L'Amour, men
would read more fiction.
A word of warning for writers--
In todays hispeed texting and
communications you better dust off
your copy of The Elements of Style
 
 west6008  17 Feb 2012 11:07
 Add a Comment
 
 
In the end it's entertainment. There's nothing wrong with it from that context and it can be a powerful tool, but that's about it. I love picking up a fiction book every once in a while, but I primarily read non-fiction. To each their own I suppose.
 
 bkroberts  02 Nov 2011 20:19
 Add a Comment
 
 
Most of the time, it is. Most fiction books aren't any good and it really has no purpose to read them. Reading classics or masterpieces is okay I guess since they really have an influence but reading cheap stuff like most readers do is pretty much a waste of time, as much as watching most TV shows or video games.
 
 NotDanish  05 Jul 2011 12:52
 2 Comments
 
 That's very snobbish. Who decides what makes a literary classic?
by  damselfly
 05 Jul 2011 13:04
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
 
Simply reading is a waste of time
 
 redmaster  24 Mar 2011 06:54
 3 Comments
 
 What about difficultly reading?
by  verum
 24 Mar 2011 07:25
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
 
Harry Potter is fiction, without it we would Communications Commission (FCC) has ruled that, for the purr anpil moun sipoze se mwen menm ki yon famlèt, kidonk sispann manyen m 'familye yo arse.
 
 proby96  20 Nov 2010 16:48
 Add a Comment
 
 
Yupp.but it is enjoyable. You may learn that stuff that isnt true
 
 jerry0002  28 Jul 2010 19:47
 Add a Comment
 
 
It is a waste of time depending who you are of course.
 
 gamenut  22 Jan 2010 17:51
 Add a Comment
 
Comment
  
 
Idk i just need somthing to do
 
 dewdrop589  23 Dec 2009 05:56
 Add a Comment
 
 
A complete waste of time, but it is enjoyable sometimes!
 
 Tomcat  28 Oct 2009 15:55
 2 Comments
 
 Ok so it can be i guess because i have read the Harry Potter books about ... 5 times i think and that will probably not help me in life but it is enjoyable :D
by  Arailia
 31 Jan 2010 17:00
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
 
Fiction is nothing but a collection of garbage Some of it is well-written garbage but, well-written garbage is nonetheless still garbage;. A bunch of stories about things that never happened to people who never existed.

 
 dlmiller82  02 Sep 2009 02:02
 7 Comments
 
 Then are you going to keep reading non-fiction if you say fiction is a garbage?? FICTION IS NOT GARBAGE. Fiction can tell you important lessons,especially novels. If fiction is a garbage then why is it invented??
P.S. If you think fiction is garbage, then keep reading non-fiction for the rest of your life. Pretty neat, huh?
by  coco99
 08 Nov 2009 22:37
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
 
A “new” user, respire, gave gottfried a warning about me. Too early for a “new” user to know how I debate… He told gottfried not to have anything to do with me because I am…get this…quick-witted.... Read more...
 
 Siddharth  23 Aug 2009 12:22
 1 Comment
 
 Aren't you on the wrong side? Isn't Siddhartha fiction?
by  artemis
 08 Nov 2009 23:24
Comment
  
Comment
  
 
Chewing gum for the eyes...;-)
 
 LordDaniel  10 Apr 2009 12:59
 4 Comments
 
 No you took someone else's quote and twisted it. It is actually -

"TV is chewing gum for the eyes."
-- Frank Lloyd Wright
by  Arailia
 31 Jan 2010 23:16
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
 
Fiction is fake therefore its stupid and a waste of time
 
 Victor77  18 Mar 2009 21:36
 3 Comments
 
 fake = stupid and waste of time?

OK. no more dentures, prosthetic limbs, or day dreaming.
by  justin86
 19 Mar 2009 08:56
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
 
That depends on if you think any recreational activity is a waste of time.
 
 Homestar  14 Mar 2009 01:47
 Add a Comment
 
 
We're forced to face the reality.
Reading books is good b't not for the fiction one. It doesn't help at all. Just read something useful for your future.
 
 mozz  31 Aug 2008 05:08
 Add a Comment
 
 
Read some non-fiction.

Fiction books do nothing. I seen my sister, cousins, cousin's friends reading pointless books. I have read none but they have nothing over me.

F imagination, all it gets you is to write more pointlessness, lol.
 
 Drace  08 Aug 2008 22:51
 1 Comment
 
 I would get bored to death having to read non fiction all the time. Fiction is something to entertain the mind. Tell me you never ever read a fiction book in your life because I bet you have. LOL
by  mocalover
 13 Jan 2009 10:19
Comment
  
Comment
  
 
Fiction or non-fiction, one passes on knowledge the other is just... Not for me!
 
 joe9  10 Jul 2008 18:44
 2 Comments
 
 I feel and think the same way as you do about this topic, joe9.

written work, is FREAKING A R T ! ;-)
by  Scorpion
 20 Aug 2008 19:48
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
 
The main arguments for fictional reading material being rational are stretching the imagination, enriching vocabulary, increasing creativity, learning from morals and having some time to relax or entertain oneself with a fictional piece. However, non-fictional books introduce us to new and intriguing concepts that can both amaze us and lead us to other thoughts and fantasies. And most can derive amusement from interesting things. Also, let's not forget about the existence of biographies/autobiographies, a type of book highly similar to fictional publications. The suspense of these combined with the realism in order to visualise and connect more effectively make them the equivalent to a novel. Now, regarding morals, don't you think that ethics and principles of specific areas and life in general would be taught more successfully from a NON-fictional book: By definition, fictional books are not real and morals are part of fictional books. Therefore, a great number of morals in fictional books are not real. This applies to any facts that one "can learn" from fiction as well. Moreover, creativity can be generated through the amazing fun activities and stories included in non-fictional writings, especially the genre of how-to. Besides that, the enrichment of vocabulary is incredibly less profound with fiction than non-fiction.
Equally important, I have realised that many are attempting to find correlations between reading material and other articles such as art and television programs. Contrarily, we must stay on topic here.
All in all, fictional stories do not help us progress in life to a higher degree than non-fictional items. We simply cannot sit on our porches all day flipping the pages of a novel: Life is too short for that. We must learn from non-fictional compositions in order to be happy and reach success. And learning is NOT boring.
 
 ZJerry  10 Jun 2008 23:26
 2 Comments
 
 Your point about vocabulary enrichment being more profound in non-fiction that in fiction is very much incorrect. Because fiction extends beyond the bounds of the realistic, it is free to use words that extend beyond the bounds of reality as well as ones that do not, so you are actually learning more words than through non-fiction.
by  rw499
 12 May 2014 10:34
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
 
It is a waste of time. An opium.
 
 2free  07 Jun 2008 02:36
 4 Comments
 
 Better than television and Internet.
by  SlyOne
 23 Jan 2009 04:17
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
 
I would have to say that reading fiction is a waste of time, though I wouldn't go far enough as to say we need to read computer manuals and things of that nature all day, I feel that my nation can be very ethnocentric and are illiterate to other cultures. And lets not forget those wonderful education voids. I feel that reading about philosophy, art, history, cultures, etc. Could be far more beneficial. I feel that reading fiction is a leisure, making it occasionally enjoyable, but at the end of the day, a waste of time. I feel that I would disagree if I could honestly say people read more non-fiction than fiction, but it is simply not true. I attend a high school and am typing this in our library right now and I will say that the sections containing the vital, enriching information about our founding fathers, philosophy, psychology, religion, and the countless other fields I am interested in, is pathetically less than even the rows of authors' last names that start with A's in the fiction section. Now, am I calling my school poor, no in fact it is far from it, it is a quality school no doubt, but the idea that the library seeks to provide books that kids want to read shows that we are depriving ourselves of facts and knowledge. Now, I must go and do what books were made for, learning.
 
 hmd  14 Mar 2008 12:59
 Add a Comment
 
 
Fiction takes away from learning about real life and real events that have happened in the past, if people who read fiction books moved to books based in reality we would have a much more intelligent country.

Some are used to teach morals and right from wrong, there are historical analogs that would teach the same morals and also educate us about our own past.
 
 openurmind  01 Mar 2008 23:16
 3 Comments
 
 I think you're entirely wrong. Fiction removes the boundaries of real life and potentially allows the story to be less personal and more easily learnt from. Why should we have to rely on real life to provide us with a story - fiction removes boundaries and frees up creativity.
by  sceptic101
 16 Mar 2008 20:19
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
 
Fiction is for children. You can watch movies to get away from reality - why waste more time by reading a book?
 
 epeng  25 Jan 2008 00:21
 4 Comments
 
 Imagination is more important than knowledge. Where do you think the movies come from? They are distilled copies of quality literature. By taking your dim view, you have doomed yourself to a bland existence. You need to read. First on your list should be Fahrenheit 451.
by  kitty9627
 28 Jan 2008 22:59
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
 
Yes, I believe reading fiction is a waste of time. This time is unproductive for you by all means. How you can make this time fruitful for you, is the main question. You should read some knowledge books (or surf the Internet encyclopedia) on science or any subject in which you have interest, to gain good knowledge so that you can use it in your studies and to make impressive future. Secondly you can read about your religion and it will teach you, how you should spend your life according to the teachings of God, what is good and what is bad, how you can earn heaven and how good you can contribute to the society.
 
 cancer11  06 Dec 2007 15:13
 3 Comments
 
 not all fiction is fantasy!!! what about mother goose these are fiction and they teach you morals.
by  kitty9627
 28 Jan 2008 22:49
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
 
I do agree with this, because you do not learn anything from fiction novels. It only gives you a depiction of a "fantasy world".

Secondly, it is totally based on an unrealistic approach and there is no use in reading about the gadgets and a world that can never be created or will ever exist.

Maybe to impress someone, you could waste time on such novels.
 
 Tausif  04 Dec 2007 15:39
 3 Comments
 
 not all works of fiction are fantasy - what about War and Peace? Many are based on fact and reflect real life in a different form.
by  Researcher
 08 Jan 2008 20:58
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
Comment
  
 
Fictitious novels help people's (specifically children's) imaginations. The imagination is a wonderful thing. Fictional books are magical, and can take people of all ages to different worlds filled with fun and excitement.
 
 Armed_Up  27 Oct 2017 14:20
 Add a Comment
 
 
I used to feel this way until I started reading fiction.
What time should be used for is relevant to each person, if you feel your wasting time reading then you are.
However even in fiction you get perspective and a creative mind thrives off the mysterious.
I used to only read non-fiction and I became not only a boring person but a bored person.
Also worth noting that in today's world the "non-fiction," is often fiction.
 
 Peter222  05 Dec 2016 18:43
 Add a Comment
 
 
Whilst the argument that fiction has no use can be used. I would argue that it has a use or creativity. Reading fictional works allows one to escape from the real world, develop the creative part of the mind, and have a greater understanding of language. By developing the creative mind this also often leads to finding creative and alternative solutions to everyday problems both academic and real world.
 
 LDBurnett  16 Apr 2016 17:54
 Add a Comment
 
 
First let me quote George Martin "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads, lives only one."

An article states: "Those who read fiction are capable of the most empathy and “theory of mind,” which is the ability to hold opinions, beliefs and interests apart from their own. They have access to hundreds of souls, and the collected wisdom of all them. They have seen things you’ll never understand and have experienced deaths of people you’ll never know. They’ve learned what it’s like to be a woman, and a man. They know what it’s like to watch someone suffer. They are wise beyond their years." - http://elitedaily.com/life/culture/date-reader-readers-best-people-fall-love-scientifically-proven/6 62017/

I think an equal amount of both is needed. They both teach you important things about life. Relationships, morals, values.

Fiction also allows you the ability to "think outside the box" and teaches readers to have an open mind and gives us the ability to imagine things we never thought possible.
Imagining something that doesn't exist allows you to: Imagine if it was possible, Think of ways to make it possible, Inspire you to create.

Fiction is a very large genre of books-not all are fantasy or science fiction.

A fictional book can have a large amount of facts interspersed with a fictional character(s) (or thoughts or ideals) allowing us to fill in the gaps of historical reference with possibilities that could have actually occurred and give us possible reasons on why choices could have been made. In return, this could help us to understand others and their motives and/or intentions and connect it to our everyday life in trying to understand and "see" from another persons perspective.

The ability to "put yourself in someone else's shoes" is an ability so many are severely lacking in. Fiction allows us to "hear" a person's secret and sometimes disturbing thoughts, while being immersed in their world, and become a part of their progression in life.

Fiction gives readers the ability to "escape" and set the "reset button" in their lives. Someone in a bad or depressing situation can immerse themselves in a different world for a little while...to feel love, hope, joy, etc when those things may be missing in their real lives. Feeling those positive emotions (from real or imagined things) has an impact that is real.
 
 MyOpinon  08 Dec 2015 14:24
 Add a Comment
 
 
People can escape the hardships they face with fiction. It can also enhance one's creativity/imagination.
 
 Ti_nuviel  13 Sep 2015 08:10
 Add a Comment
 
 
What about historical fiction? Ever read Turttledove? His books actually make you think. He takes events from history and asks what would have been different if...
 
 Mr_Right  23 Apr 2015 19:55
 Add a Comment
 
 
Fiction books provide us with an escape from the hardships of our time. They take us places that we could never go in nonfiction books. Sure they increase vocabulary, creative thinking and learning morals, but they give us new ideas to use in our lives. Nonfiction books give us information after information of stuff that we already know without fiction we wouldn't have come up with some of the unique things we have today such as the the modern version of the submarine. Simon Lake who is the father of modern submarines actually got the idea from a work of fiction called Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. There are many more inventions that were created from fiction based books some can be found at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ten-inventions-inspired-by-science-fiction-128080674/?n o-ist.
Without fiction books where would we be.
 
 NyxLong  04 Feb 2015 09:09
 Add a Comment
 
 
Fiction gives you more creativity and imagination. Plus sometimes some weird ideas in a fiction book might solve a problem in real life.
 
 Agency35  02 Nov 2014 22:13
 Add a Comment
 
 
According to an unnamed church (apparently religion is "facts"), Harry Potter is evil because of all the magic. Why don't they actually go and read it. It is the best series ever.
 
 smartpeggy  19 May 2014 02:14
 Add a Comment
 
 
Read any religious book and people say it's "fact" ...if I read fact but have religion say it's fiction, I think fiction has explained many things, including the fiction religion says was fiction - which was probably truth or close to it.
 
 Debate1969  01 May 2014 01:00
 Add a Comment
 
 
No Way! Fiction may not be entirely true or realistic, but it is still interesting and educational in some ways. FICTION ROCKS!!!!
 
 catgirl  07 Feb 2014 04:37
 Add a Comment
 
 
But i like fiction and it is scientifically proven to be stimulating for the brain because it brings an act of fantasy to ones life facts can not simply make you smart you need creativity and ingenuity to truly be intelligent
 
 ronix10  12 Dec 2013 21:07
 Add a Comment
 
 
What the f*ck? I think it's the other way around. Fiction is creativity. Nonfiction is just plain facts
 
 username1  03 Nov 2013 10:18
 Add a Comment
 
 
There are definitely some aspects of truth to this. History is important to learn, so we can learn from our mistakes, the love of knowledge is important, and science is important so that we can understand the world around us and where we came from.
But fiction, in my opinion, is just as important. It stimulates creative activity, triggers inspired thinking, adds to our vocabulary, and gives a healthier form of entertainment than looking at pixels dance on a screen. Just how many revolutionary inventions and important revelations have been thought out and made using the help of a good novel and a comfy chair? Quite a few, at least that we know of. So I believe that fiction is as or is more important than non - fiction. Even Einstein said,"Imagination is more important than knowledge".
 
 Shoto  08 Sep 2013 20:01
 Add a Comment
 
 
It's not a waste of time. It's enjoyable. More imagination. History is epic, so why should fiction be a waste of time? Either way, it's reading.
 
 Red_Raven  04 Sep 2013 20:05
 Add a Comment
 
 
If you enjoy reading fiction, you should read it. It stimulates your mind and enlivens your imagination.
 
 evei  19 Jul 2013 13:56
 Add a Comment
 
 
History, philophsy, and software manuals do help you with knowlege or some creativity, but fiction involves a diffirent catogry of writing/reading, you are not just speaking factually, but also building up tense, using descriptive words e.c.t.
You may say other non-fiction texts do this, but not in the same way you do in fiction, plus you are also creating your own creative ideas in a more fictional way.
 
 Izazovnog  04 Jul 2013 19:05
 Add a Comment
 
 
I feel it is not a waste of time as it is just imaginary and fun to read
 
 Rishab-17  19 Jun 2013 11:01
 Add a Comment
 
 
Fiction is a good way to unwind. It's more stimulating than watching a movie or getting drunk. Unless of course, you have a limited capacity for reading. Like you can only read things on the internet or under 5,000 words a day or something.
 
 holo  02 Jun 2013 11:16
 Add a Comment
 
 
They are a VERY good way to spend your time and they are VERY enjoyable!!!
 
 mrperson99  29 Apr 2013 10:42
 Add a Comment
 
 
Why should we read about history we need to learn about modern times not olden days
 
 chris12248  27 Apr 2013 01:34
 1 Comment
 
 The focus of this debate is not should we read about history or modern times, but is fiction a waste of time or not.
Learning about modern times>fiction. More useful, definitely.
However, in order to have a society that functions properly, we NEED to know about history. If we forget history, it will repeat itself, and we must be realistic-that would be bad, because human history is not so bright. Slavery, wars, genocide... It's not something that should be repeated, and it WILL be repeated if it is forgotten.
by  Gloria
 27 May 2013 09:27
Comment
  
Comment
  
 
Fiction is for when you are bored, it's really fun to read about outer space adventures!
 
 DWood12  12 Apr 2013 11:57
 Add a Comment
 
 
Reading fiction is one of the ways people get their creative and it is very important in the way children can entertain themselves without using their phones
 
 Dachoppa_C  02 Mar 2013 01:30
 Add a Comment
 
 
It is great learning new stuff and is probably more useful in terms of career prospects etc. However, art whether it be novels, music, film... Should not be looked down upon. It is an important part of our culture as well as providing a release from the stresses of everyday work life.

It is also an important part of the creative process which helps build products and services which in turn help the economy keep turning.

Academics or pure business people can't change the world in the way creative people can because creative people can think outside the box with an open imagination.
 
 kyussmondo  19 Feb 2013 05:24
 Add a Comment
 
 
I read for entertainment. It's like saying, playing on the Xbox is a waste of time. Of course it is. What do you gain? Temporary pleasure or enjoyment. Isn't that enough? Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time at all.
 
 Dadmad6  17 Feb 2013 17:42
 Add a Comment
 
 
It helps to expand your imagination when you have to do creative writing at school and can help develop your grammatical skills
 
 hb999  12 Jan 2013 09:16
 Add a Comment
 
 
Fiction gives us imagination, which adds color, spizass and all around happiness to our lives.
 
 n00b  07 Jan 2013 23:51
 Add a Comment
 
 
Fiction books make you use your imagination, which inspires things like great plays and paintings and poetry and stuff. Besides, who thinks reading Harry Potter is a waste of time?
 
 micosrock  21 Dec 2012 06:53
 Add a Comment
 
 
Fiction allows people to become more creative, and is a wonderful thing that catches interest.
 
 SirCthulhu  26 Nov 2012 19:32
 Add a Comment
 
 
Fiction can teach kids creativity. It also helps kids learn english better.
 
 ArianaG  30 Oct 2012 07:26
 1 Comment
 
 Kids can learn English better reading any kind of books, that's not a pro-fiction argument.
by  Gloria
 27 May 2013 09:28
Comment
  
Comment
  
 
Fiction is based on experiences of life and you'll always learn something new.
 
 eb00089  12 Oct 2012 17:07
 Add a Comment
 
 
Are you out of your freaking mind. Fiction is the most creative and most interesting genre of literature. Fiction is in poetry and in everything you freaking read from popular writers such as Shakespeare. This is insane. This bull ticks me off because I read fiction all the time. Fiction is THE most read genre EVER!
 
 DayDreamer  03 Oct 2012 18:44
 Add a Comment
 
 
One could make the case that everything is a waste of time. Your friend should get his head out of his elitist world and stop looking big picture. Do what you want to do.
 
 Gman254  02 Sep 2012 21:34
 Add a Comment
 
 
Fiction has a massively important place in cultural and historical landscapes. You can learn so much about a society based on the stories it tells not to mention how many advances were made after scientists and the like were inspired by fiction. Furthermore fiction, I feel encourages empathy and understanding of viewpoints other than ones own.
 
 RedShoes  21 Aug 2012 10:37
 Add a Comment
 
 
You can actually learn a lot about history through fiction, such as different myths and legends from ancient cultures. Plus if you read only nonfiction your imagination would wither.
 
 Celtica1  16 Aug 2012 12:16
 Add a Comment
 
160 More Responses
Sign In / Sign Up
 For and Against Recent Activity
Related Debates
"Romeo And Juliet" By William Shakespeare, Is An Awesome Story/play. ...
There Is No Point Watching The X Factor Any More. Two Good People Have Gone Out In Two Consecutive Weeks!...
Dancing Should Be An Olympic Sport
Justin Bieber Is Pro. Rock On
The Best Way To Hang A Religious Picture Is To Hammer A Nail Right Through The Middle Of It
Reading Is More Important Than Writing!
Shakespeare Was The Greatest Englishman Of All Time
WALL-E Should Be Nominated For Best Picture In The Academy Awards 2009
Hello Idiots
Not All Classical Literature Should Be "revered" As Great
New Debates
High Voltage Divider By Udeyraj Electricals Private Limited
Top Executive Search Firms In India | Prompt Personnel
Get Rid Of Gynecomastia At Gynecomastia Cure
Atma - An Accelerator For Education NGOs In Mumbai, India
The Importance Of Landlord Insurance
Volunteer Opportunities In India - Do A Little Bit Of Good Daily
Get Rid Of Cockroaches From Your Premises With Bayswater Pest Control
Product Design Research & Strategy In India | Future Factory
Find Dentistry Courses In India | Dentee
IIA Bombay Annual Conference