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Old 11-18-2022, 03:08 PM   #1
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Fiction or non-fiction? Which one do you read more and which one do you prefer?

I'd say it's easier to find non-fiction I like, but nothing beats a really good fiction book in terms of entertainment. Non-fiction is better for learning facts about certain subjects.

I read more fiction, overall.
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Old 12-03-2022, 08:31 PM   #2
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I haven't read a, "real book" in over 20 years. Hell if you don't count TMNT comics, I don't read *anything*

I can't even remember the last time I looked at a book.
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Old 12-03-2022, 09:08 PM   #3
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If I want to go to sleep, I’ll read either.
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Old 12-04-2022, 04:58 AM   #4
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I haven't read a, "real book" in over 20 years. Hell if you don't count TMNT comics, I don't read *anything*

I can't even remember the last time I looked at a book.
Since many people listen to audiobooks these day, I would prefer the term "experience a book" instead. Either by reading, or by listening.
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Old 12-04-2022, 06:06 PM   #5
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Since many people listen to audiobooks these day, I would prefer the term "experience a book" instead. Either by reading, or by listening.
Never had a problem with the concept of "Audiobooks" although the name drives me nuts. I always associated a "book" with reading - it's like audiobooks are sort of like cheating and maybe should be called "lectures" or something like that.

On that note I listened to the Stephen King The Mist "audiobook" when I was younger. It was really good although it was more like a radio drama than anyone reading the book.
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Old 12-05-2022, 10:03 PM   #6
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I haven't read a, "real book" in over 20 years. Hell if you don't count TMNT comics, I don't read *anything*

I can't even remember the last time I looked at a book.
Well, you're not alone on that one. According to some studies I've read about half the people in my country haven't read a single book last year.

Teachers and such often complain about younger generations reading less and less. Thing is, literature is a very rich medium, and the experience of reading a good novel is great. As for non-fiction, I I've learn more from reading books than from any other sources such as YouTube videos or Internet forum posts.

Reading is also good for your health. You're less likely to develop Alzheimers if you're a regular reader. And it also improves sleep since reading relaxes you.

You said many years ago that you considered yourself an intellectual. Well, I don't know a single intellectual who doesn't read books.

As for Audiobooks, I don't see the point unless you really hate reading or you're blind.
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Old 12-06-2022, 11:32 AM   #7
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Well, you're not alone on that one. According to some studies I've read about half the people in my country haven't read a single book last year.
Sitting here next to me in my office are several of those Ikea billy bookshelves with the glass doors - I love my books. But more and more I've picked up stuff "intending" to read it and not doing it. I just do so much "current events" reading online and even "research" reading - online.

It reminds me of college vs grammar school. In grammar school you got a book for your "book report", right? But in College and in Grad School everything was "journals" and 'article'. You rarely cited an actual "book" because everything you were reading was "peer reviewed" and immediately updated science.

Books are great, but their really is something to be said for quickly digestable, utilitarian information.
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Old 12-07-2022, 03:50 AM   #8
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I lean more towards fictional stories more than non-fictional stories. Myths are also a favorite.

For the non-fictional stuff, I'll drift towards educational books. Books on outer space, historical events, dinosaurs, and random facts delight my inner nerd.

I also can't say no to National Geographic or Time magazines either.
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Old 12-07-2022, 09:21 AM   #9
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How many of you guys remember the movie The Pagemaster?

Thanks to the invention of eBooks, the talking books Horror, Adventure, and Fantasy are just sitting on their shelves and collecting dust in the library to this day. Depressing, right?
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Old 12-07-2022, 11:00 PM   #10
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Spoilers put in place for those that haven't seen the movie.

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Horror was the most depressed of the books: most of the stories usually don't have the happiness of endings.

Adventure was happy to fight pirates. Long John Silver might have put a shiver in his binder.

Fantasy was halfway annoyed with Adventure's brashness, and the only real upset that she encountered, was when the dragon swallowed her wand.


My dad and I had a similar conversation about books, and we agreed that a physical copy of a book is better than any E-story or a blog. So, I kinda doubt that either the hardbacks or the paperbacks are going to vanish anytime soon.

Subscriptions end and people do lose their internet service, but it's hard to lose a physical copy of a book. (Unless, you constantly read it until it falls apart. I've been guilty of that a few times!)
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