As a fiction writer of romance novels, the most common argument that comes with this question is why read made up stories (fiction) when you can read non-fiction that will teach you a thing or two. It is true that non-fiction book often solves a problem of some kind or teaches the reader a new skill. On the other hand, reading fiction does not offer these things. So then, why should people read fiction books?
Fiction books in any genre offers far more. It allows readers to escape the reality of their current life no matter what their problem is, it provides entertainment, and it increases their overall verbal and cognitive skills. When asked about a favorite reading, people often quote their fiction novels whether it be Harry Potter, Romeo and Juliet, Star Wars, Hunger Games, Pride and Prejudice etc rather than their most important textbook. This is mainly because fiction is more memorable than any skill you lever earned or any problem that you ever resolved by reading a non-fiction book. The fictional characters enchant you, inspire you and allow you to live in a world full with excitement; something that may be nearly impossible to achieve in real life.
Believe it or not? Reading relieves stress similarly to meditation. In fact, it relieves stress much more than listening to music, going for a walk, or playing a videogame. Reading allows your brain to relax and recharge. It also improves sleep for those who struggle with insomnia or other sleep issues. Picking up a fiction book may do more good that you could ever imagine. Reading also improves your memory as you connect the dots in your stories. Furthermore, it improves your vocabulary and language skills by adding more words and drawing up their connections with other words and concepts in your brain.
Fiction stories open up your mind with imagination, allow you to better understand interpersonal relationships, and provide nourishement to your creativity as you get lost into the world of your characters. For those die hard romance readers, when you pick a new romance novel, don’t you fall in love all over again?
I know I do. With each new romance novel that I read, my lover changes. When I get too tired of him, I pick up a new book, and boom! My lover changes again. Something that is nearly impossible to do in real life. Reading is entertaining, fun, and full of adventures. Are you ready to begin yours?
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