Last Friday, I asked what it was that drives you to write. Now I have another question.
Why do you read fiction?
Fiction, after all, isn’t “true.” Most novelists would agree that fiction contains “truth” in some metaphorical sense, but we also know good and well that it isn’t really a factual recounting of events. (And if it is, and those events violate some real person’s privacy, then we can be sued for invasion of privacy, even if it’s exactly true.)
But I don’t think most of us read fiction in order to extract that “truth” from fiction. Most of us read because we like to, because it’s fun, because it’s escape.
Why do you read fiction? Leave a comment telling why. The coolest or funniest or quirkiest answer (in my sole judgment) by midnight Pacific time on Wednesday will get a free autographed copy of my novel DOUBLE VISION.