Is Fiction better than Nonfiction? Settling The Debate!

Is Fiction better than Nonfiction? Settling The Debate! 2024

Fiction and nonfiction are the two most written, most followed, and two of the most watched content in the modern world. Fictional stories tend to bring the imagination of the writers to life while nonfiction stories tend to cover events that make you a witness to all that as if it had happened in front of your eyes. While there’s freedom for everyone to choose what to read, and watch in their lives, the debate box is always filled with people who are convincing the other party to come and join them based on what they’ve produced, or presented as a piece of supporting evidence. This blog will attempt to put a full stop to this debate by presenting both the powerhouses, but surely the ultimate answer would be interesting to find. Join us as we look to settle the debate, Is Fiction Better Than Nonfiction?

Defining The Giants

Before we jump to any comparisons and start asking why fiction is better than nonfiction, we need to look at the literal meanings of these two words themselves. So let’s get straight into it.

Fiction

The word Fiction is derived from the Latin word “Fictio”, which means shaping of something. The word passed through the French era and Middle English and today it’s not much different as this now refers to something, or more specifically some art form, books, or movies that are based upon a person’s imagination having no resemblance to anything real.

Nonfiction

Once you know what fiction stands for, there shouldn’t be any worries for you in finding what Nonfiction means. It’s like knowing what ‘’Possible” is but being completely unaware of the word “Impossible”. Impossible, isn’t it? The word translates to something that is primarily based on truth, with facts, and realities, and has little to no connectivity to the word Fiction or Imagination. 

What Does a Fictional Work Of Art has in it?

Fictional work of art usually involves a story where the writer puts all his imagination into a piece of paper and carves out a story out of it for the people to read, and watch if it is ever filmed. It is based upon things that sometimes have nothing to do with the real world, if that doesn’t sound rude to all the fiction freaks, I apologize.

What About Nonfiction?

Nonfictional work is usually based on facts, figures, realities, personalities, you name it. Anything that relates to the realities of the world can be put to a paper under the section or genre of nonfiction. They are based upon the things that have happened in the past or may happen anytime in the future, an example can be WWII or The current conflict between Russia and Ukraine, or Israel and Palestine.

What’s The Fuss? 

The whole fuss about which is the better content between the two is somehow still relevant. I mean there’s a reason someone did his keyword research and someone is fighting with a keyboard late into the night, the relevancy of the topic is alive and kicking, at least for the one who is posting the article. What we’ll do now and break down how fiction and Nonfiction differentiate from each other and will try out how we can be a part of this debate without having a clear answer at the end of it. The breaking down of this topic can be divided into three main elements. Purpose, Approach, and most importantly Content. We’ll take a look into these three elements and leave it up to the readers what’s the better topic to read or watch. Let’s begin with fiction first.

Fiction

Approach

The approach to writing Fiction content is simple and easy. The main purpose a person wants to read or write Fictional content is because of its characters, its dialogues, its symbolism, and the way the stories are created to attract the readers to stay intact with it till the end.  The compelling stories that are being told in a fictional flick can be related to a real-life event somehow, but they can not be simply rated as real just based on the fact that a pinch of reality has been added to a world of someone’s imagination.

Purpose

The benefits of reading fiction vs nonfiction is this main thing, the purpose. Fictional stories can fit into a lot of purposes, which may include entertaining the readers, or maybe teaching them a thing or two about life in general, and maybe adding a spice of creativity into a person’s life. Despite tough competition, Fiction still turns out to be the winner among the two because it has multiple purposes served and the readers have all the options in front of them as to what to read. 

Content

The fictional content is based on content that is straight out of the person’s head, it can be a person flying thousands of miles in the air like Superman, or a man turning green and nearly 5 times his size like the Hulk, The imagination can not be held back and the options as said earlier in the field of fiction works are limitless. It depends upon the writer on the day, and what he/she brings to the table when he decides to write a story with a pen and paper in his/her hand. 

Now let us take a look into a much-limited option of reading and writing for people, Nonfiction

Nonfiction

Approach

The approach when a writer is writing nonfiction is very simple, and straightforward. Bring facts, open the debate, and leave it up to the people, to find and know more about the topic they’ve written about. These stories are usually read by people who have an interest in reading about people, their lives, and events that happened in the past and want to know reality in general. They look to bring the truth, or maybe their narrative to a truth in the literature they do.

Purpose

The main reason people write nonfiction stories is to bring the truth, realities, and facts in front of the people. The work is usually knowledge and they have the motive to educate, the readers about topics that range from science, history, politics, journalism, etc. The reason why nonfiction lags behind fiction a lot is because of its serious nature most of the time

Content 

Since the literature is based on facts, the main content of this section of writing is truth, and bringing out the right story of an event, a person, a scientific reality, a war, or anything that is about to happen or has happened in the past. The realities are based upon people like Nelson Mandela, one man who single-handedly brought about a revolution in his country, or Sapiens by Tual Noah to educate the people on how this all began in the first place.

The Ball is in your Court

This is a brief introduction to the contents, purposes, and approaches of both genres of writing. People who lived fictional works would still stick with fiction, and people who wanted a fact-check in their hand would still reach out to s nonfictional/reality-based books. The purpose of the blog is to try and give the answer to your question of whether is fiction better than nonfiction, or why is fiction better than nonfiction. But to be honest with our readers, the answer is very difficult to find when you’ve read and watched a lot from both worlds. So, it’s safe to say that another chapter in the debate has been added that is ending without a concrete answer. The best way to respond to this is by saying, read what you like, and let others do what they want. Be it reading fictional books, or going out in the Disneyland-themed park to bring his imagination of Toy Story, and Aladdin to life. 

To Conclude

The blog has covered a major portion of this huge debate between Fiction and Nonfiction. The attempt was initially to settle it, but as we dug deep into the facts about these two genres, we realized that it is impossible to declare a winner when you’ve just researched for a while, and all you do is sit back and enjoy both of the worlds. Anyway, it was our sincere effort to make it work, for which we covered the fuss itself, the definitions of both, and the essential differences they both have between each other in their approaches, purposes, and content which led to once again ending up with a conclusion that says Ball is in your court. But the content is also an attempt to make sure the people from both extremes can come together, and cross roads to explore the other field. The opinions presented in the blog solely belong to the writer and any difference is welcomed by any of the viewers. Follow us on our Facebook and Instagram pages for more.

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