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Amgad Muhammad

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What's the point of novels?

All of us would agree that reading for facts and knowledge widens our perspective, but what does reading novels do?
Do we read novels for the sole purpose of entertaining ourselves or does it make us intelligent in some way?
How can one take lessons from a story that was made up and characters that do not exist?

Is reading novels just a waste of time? a sort of video game for those who like to read?


Topics: books

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    May 8 2013: No reading novels is not a waste of time at all and I would also argue that there is some benefits to playing video games but that wasn't what the question was about.

    Reading anything can always improve our reading, writing and concentration skills so reading novels can help us in that sense. Novels do normally have important lessons in them as well. No these lessons will not be lessons in solid facts but moral lessons and can teach us about new ideas and new ways of thinking. Not to mention the huge fact that reading novels can help build our imagination which in turn can help our critical thinking and ability to create.

    There is also the fact that even if it was just for entertainment that isn't a bad thing. We all need ways to de-stress and entertainment where you are taken to another world is a great way to do that. There is also a social aspect to reading popular novels. I have met many good friends though the books I read and a really good book can create a community *cough* Harry Potter *cough*.

    All in all reading is never pointless it has endless benefits to our development.
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      May 8 2013: Hahahaha, Hey Kirstie, thanks for joining the conversation.
      I agree, reading for entertainment might be the healthiest way to entertain, but what about autobiographies as an example of something that's story-like but also of historical benefit.

      I think the question here is do we read for the sake of reading or for something more.
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        May 8 2013: Well I would personally read a novels over autobiographies because with a novel your really feeding you imagination and reading fiction often puts me in the mood for doing something creative and productive. I also love the idea of stories that are so complex and out of this world it actually takes work to figure them out I think if you can picture these complex worlds that are created in novels you are learning how to picture things in general as well. This can help us greatly with learning new skills and creating new things.

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