Every form of fiction has its benefits and its drawbacks. I’d like to explore each kind one at a time. Let’s begin with novels! I’ll start with a couple of thoughts.
- They interface with your imagination. 🙂 You get no pictures (or few, usually), and you aren’t actually involved in the story, but you get to take what you read and make it real for you. This is why often people are disappointed by film versions of their favorite novels. No other person can accurately recreate the magic that happened in your own mind when you read a good book.
- You can read them any time — as long as you’re free of distractions.
- Other benefits?
- They can’t show you anything that you can’t imagine. If the author fails to explain approximately how large the monster is, then the reader either has to make that part up or feel lost.
- It can be difficult to enjoy reading when there are noisy people nearby.
- Other drawbacks?