Monday, January 7, 2013
Do You Read Realistic Fiction?
Which leads me to a question that's been on my mind lately: Do people read realistic fiction?
I'm not talking murder mysteries (really? is that realistic in your world? I'm grateful it's not in mine) or nonfiction; I'm talking a story that could be about the family next door to you. Right now.
When I began writing, I wrote (and continue to write) what I like to read. I think most authors do that. And it seems most people like to read YA and fantasy of some sort or combination (dystopian, paranormal, magic). There's nothing wrong with that--as I said, the majority of people seem to like them--and I read them sometimes myself. I enjoyed the Harry Potter series along with the rest of the world--went to the midnight release parties, then stayed up all night reading. Yep.
But for the most part, I enjoy reading realistic fiction. Somehow, for some reason they are my favorite. Novels that help me experience what it must be like to have a certain medical condition, unfortunate circumstance, or dysfunctional family. Maybe reading them makes me feel more normal or helps me feel I understand others and have more empathy for them. I like to feel the character's emotions, experience the world through their eyes, and I feel more invested in their life if I understand and live in their world. I guess it's easier for me to relate.
And I can't be the only one. The Help made it big--and for good reason: it was an amazingly written novel! The success of John Green and Jodi Picoult prove there are more than a few readers out there who appreciate this genre.
However, very few of my friends and family members seem to gravitate toward realistic fiction, so I just thought I'd throw the question out there...what do you enjoy reading and why?
Posted by Maria Hoagland at 9:52 PM