This should have been written on September 29th, as that day’s task for Blogging101. I managed to get really far behind with these and am in process of catching up. I’m going to complete this, though will skip the odd task, because I’ve already done something similar. But not this one, this one is about using Daily Prompts and the Daily Prompt for September 29th was:
The Great Divide: When reading for fun, do you usually choose fiction or non-fiction? Do you have an idea why you prefer one over the other?
I’ll put my hands up. I can be a lazy reader, a remiss reader, a reluctant reader, a forgetful reader, an unfaithful reader, a reader who leaves such gaps between her reading that she risks being identified as a non-reader. Frankly, I prefer writing over reading… and all the above comments can be applied to my writing too!
The bulk of my reading tends to be things I need to read and that leans very heavily toward non-fiction – though that gets turned on its head if I’m reading a script of course. But what do I read for fun? That’s something that tends to be at least in part random. I have a tendency for my attention to get captured quite unpredictably. Something will catch my eye and perk my curiosity and I’ll pick it up and start reading. I might read a paragraph or two, a page or two and leave it there, or I may devour the whole thing and structure my entire existence around it until I’m done with it, or it’s done with me… and this might apply to anything – a novel, a magazine, a poetry collection, a play, a coffee-table book crammed with photographs, biography, history, philosophy, a how-to guide, whatever… and I’m really not sure just how the balance pans out between fiction and non-fiction… if it’s something from the news media the line between those categories will be pretty blurred anyway. So I think I have to plead No Preference here.