The debate of fiction-versus-nonfiction has been around for a while. Some readings are guided by our desire to learn about what is happening in the world, but some are also driven by their impulse to understand themselves better and get new perspectives about themselves and the world around them. While reading is a favorite pastime of all the book lovers, fiction and non-fiction serve different purposes and are read in different ways.
Is reading fiction only about reading an entirely imaginative world? Or does it help us learn something about real life as well? Will reading non-fiction completely cut it for our creativity? Is it just as straightforward and fact-driven as it often is considered?
In a roundtable discussion with some readers and writers, The Week’s Roshani Dhamala delves into the matter.