Saturday, June 10, 2017

Facts v. Fictions

“A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.” 
― Nathaniel HawthorneFanshawe

It seems to me that Hawthorne, not with intent because he is referring to human experience and state of mind, also makes a good argument for reading fiction rather than nonfiction. What do you think? Are the dreams of fiction more powerful and more interesting than the realities of nonfiction? Which do you prefer reading? Why?


  1. talking about levels here: on one level, all we perceive is fiction, including science, religion, natural history, the cosmos... on another, the personal, what's real and nonfictional is what applies to or concerns us only and how our lives are led... and there's a gamut of levels between the two in which fiction and fact blend and interact incessantly and influentially...

  2. Fiction tends to work on the emotions, Fact works much more with our reasoning faculties. I tend to read fiction (mostly) for fun and non-fiction (mostly) to learn stuff. It's all about getting the balance right.

  3. I don't think it's a question of which is more powerful. I think each is a different lens through which we view the human experience. I read both, myself.

  4. Mudpuddle, Margot, CyberKitten.... good thoughts all. My posting was prompted by reading about Hawthorne, reading the Bible, and pondering my next reading choice. Color me confused.

  5. Tim,

    See Margot's comment for my answer also.