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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 29 2013: Reading anything can initiate you to new vocabulary (do not take the vocabulary I will use in here as an example, my first language is not English), new point of views, and depending on the writer's research more knowledge, especially if you read the footnotes.

    It is not because it is a novel that what is describe in it is not true, if you want knowledge about how it may feel to get yourself in a lawsuit you might want to read John Grisham books, he was a lawyer before he changed career to become a novelist, if you're thinking about studying healthcare to work in a ER, you might want to refer to the first years of ER TV show written by novelist Michael Crichton who studied medicine, and to the professional working in real ERs the show felt too much like work for them to enjoy it.

    There is some interesting facts to be found in historic novels if you read the proper ones, that is where I first learn, that natives American people had mined copper and put it to good use before European people landed on the shores.

    Fun fact, I was really not focused in class when I was in high school, I was reading novels in class hiding my books under the desk, and on the first day of the semester of physic class I was keeping my bad habits when the teacher asked a question to which I just read a answer that was never spoken of in class the year before, so I gave it to the teacher who became ecstatic. If I would not have been reading in class that day, maybe that answer would have come out eventually, but it would have been way less memorable.

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