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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?

DISCUSS! :)

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    May 8 2013: The most read novel is “The Lord of the Rings” and although every character and location in is made-up/fictional the morals and virtues are real. So good novels are entertaining lessons, that have a long lasting effect on us.

    Electronic games is still a young art form, and at its best will be a combination of a great novel with visual art, preforming art, and music in an interactive manor.
    And as a whole it can become greater than the sum of its parts.
    Right now they are somewhere between a cave paintings and the Mona Lisa, comic books and Gone with the Wind, chanting and Beethoven’s 5th, it being a team art form it likely the reason most don’t see it as an art form.
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      May 8 2013: To be honest with you I never read or watched any of the lord of the rings :D
      But I like the sound of this: "good novels are entertaining lessons, that have a long lasting effect on us".

      As for games, I don't want to shift the topic of the conversation here. But I find most electronic games to be a mean of entertainment we can hardly say they try to teach us values or lessons, specially if you're playing a villain or a member in a gang. Of course not all games, but quite a few. My point was; should reading a novel be just a way of entertainment or is there a secret value we harvest as we read along.
      Thanks for jumping in, Don.

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