Ravell Call, Deseret News
Ignore the razzing from your peers, KSL contributor Daniel Burton suggests — don't just read serious nonfiction books — read fiction and experience the best form of reading.
Burton gives a few reasons to read fiction, including:
Self-mastery and empathy
Honing social skills
More healthy than watching television
Fiction, Burton wrote, helps people disconnect from the stresses of life and connect with other human beings in an active, empathetic mental process.
"What is a Catch-22 without 'Catch-22' by Joseph Heller? You might know 'a Scrooge' because 'A Christmas Carol' has been adapted for the screen so many times, but Charles Dickens wrote it first, and it is best in its literary form even today," Burton wrote. "Can you imagine Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean or Jack Sparrow without Robert Louis Stevenson' Long John Silver from 'Treasure Island'? Could Will Smith have been in 'I Am Legend' without Richard Matheson? Or Tom Cruise in 'Minority Report' without Philip K. Dick? The list goes on. Before they were blockbusters, they were novels, and I can promise you this: the book is almost always better than the movie."
Read more at KSL.com.
- In Our Lovely Deseret: Mark Twain and Winston...
- Toddler basketball star, 'Trick-Shot-Titus,'...
- Flu season off and running in Utah; H1N1...
- Families celebrate Christmas traditions as...
- Utah judge could be first to rule on state...
- Genealogy: A journal has many uses
- Holiday video game guide: Something for...
- 4 recently released LDS picture books
- Utah judge could be first to rule on... 114
- Federal website fixes allowing more... 44
- Expelling Santa from school? Holiday... 16
- 'Sound of Music' hit a high note for... 8
- In Our Lovely Deseret: Mark Twain and... 8
- The Killers collaborates with Owen... 7
- Saving Africa? New book casts harsh... 6
- 'Caregiving' it all: When taking care... 5