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Preferred reading material
    #4195475 - 05/19/05 02:42 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

Most adults I know enjoy reading Sci Fi or romance dramas. I never got into reading either.

My life is has more of the real McCoys then I can often ground and handle. :lol:

I prefer reading real life experiences and non fiction myself. Think it helps me to ground out.

Do people tend to have bias's against others who don't appreciate the same reading materials as themselves do you think?

I have to admit, when I see so many women reading romance novels, I feel sad for them. They should be out there living it. I could be wrong and maybe they like it because they can relate or are getting ideas from it.
I have some heavy books on my shelf I've gobbled up in my day, use to read 3 a week for years, yet my husband will give the mini eye roll when I grab a Cosmopolitan or People magazine off the rack.

What do all think about proffered reading bias's and how we can sometimes judge others by it? Or I should ask, why do we judge others by it if and when we do?


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Re: Preferred reading material [Re: gettinjiggywithit]
    #4195510 - 05/19/05 02:47 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

IMO the only thing you can discern from someone's preferred reading material is whether they are seeking escape or understanding.

Those who seek escape choose fiction, sensationalized non-fiction (i.e. true crime novels, biographies of celebrities/serial killers, etc...)

Those who seek understanding will choose informational reading, whether how-to, self-help, history, inspirational.


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Re: Preferred reading material [Re: Veritas]
    #4195548 - 05/19/05 02:53 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

lemme guess which category you fall into....the superior one?


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Re: Preferred reading material [Re: Veritas]
    #4195558 - 05/19/05 02:55 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

I choose a mix of both. I got caught up in a Court TV episode last night about a 16 year old who bludgeoned an 81 year old woman to death. That would be the equivalent of sensationalized true crime stories you logged under escape.

I was seeking understanding of how this boy could do it. It was compelling as defense brought up 2 different lack of oxygen experiences that resulted in his being borderline retarded and his being put on Zoloft that had an adverse effect on his temper control and ,how even though he pleaded not to be let out of the mental hospital for suicidal depression and thoughts of killing, they let him out because his insurance ran out.

There was so much I was drawn into wanting to understand how it all was let to happen.

I can't see where it was escape for me.It made me appreciate the normalcy of my life by comparison. Would you believe the parents of this kid won a 2.8 million dollar lottery during his trial?

I think I am just curious about what makes this world tick in general.

here is a question. Is occasional escape a bad thing or can it be a healthy thing to put your life in a new perspective?


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Re: Preferred reading material [Re: Veritas]
    #4195565 - 05/19/05 02:55 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

Unless it pertains to information you need to know to get something done, all reading is an escape.


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Re: Preferred reading material [Re: moog]
    #4195601 - 05/19/05 03:00 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

Okay, I can see something to that now. If you read to understand something better, you are in a way escaping being in misunderstanding or mis-judgement.

In that sense, I think escape is a good thing. Reading to gain understanding is akin to escaping ignorance of something.


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Re: Preferred reading material [Re: Doom]
    #4195606 - 05/19/05 03:01 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

No, clearly that category belongs solely to you.
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Re: Preferred reading material [Re: gettinjiggywithit]
    #4195617 - 05/19/05 03:04 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

I did not intend to categorize into "good" and "bad" literature.

I choose a mix of both, depending on what experience I am seeking.
Sometimes escape is exactly what I need!


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Re: Preferred reading material [Re: Veritas]
    #4195722 - 05/19/05 03:21 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

I don't think you intended too. I think some people do make those categorizations and then from those, judge people by whats on or not on their coffee table.


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Re: Preferred reading material [Re: gettinjiggywithit]
    #4195729 - 05/19/05 03:23 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

veritas

read pynchon and tell me that fiction is escape.


Edited by Doom (05/19/05 03:33 PM)


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Re: Preferred reading material [Re: Doom]
    #4195765 - 05/19/05 03:30 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

Did I label reading material as escapists or say I thought it was bad even if someone said thats what they use it for?

Anything people use to alter their reality is just that to me. I know some people think one is real and one is not but.....even a drug trip is really happening soooooooooo


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Re: Preferred reading material [Re: Doom]
    #4195953 - 05/19/05 04:11 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

Escape does not have to be to a more pleasant place, just away from who/where you are.  Even horrific fiction relieves us from obsessing about our own lives for a little while.  My brother read Stephen King novels during his troubled teen years...he said they provided him with perspective on just how bad his life could be: how bad can zits be compared with evil clowns or vampires?    :grin:


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Re: Preferred reading material [Re: Veritas]
    #4195972 - 05/19/05 04:15 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

Exactly. Thats what I meant by some forms of reading (considered escapist) giving a beneficial perspective to our own lives.


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Re: Preferred reading material [Re: gettinjiggywithit]
    #4196001 - 05/19/05 04:18 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

so is there any cultural activity that is not an *escape*?


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Re: Preferred reading material [Re: Doom]
    #4196010 - 05/19/05 04:20 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

Food for thought!

I am going to consider that one until tomorrow. I like the question.


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Re: Preferred reading material [Re: Doom]
    #4196016 - 05/19/05 04:20 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

good question

hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

I can't think of one.

That posing an interesting scenerio regarding what reality is made up of.

Great question doom!


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Re: Preferred reading material [Re: gettinjiggywithit]
    #4196044 - 05/19/05 04:25 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

so then, if our lives are basically made up of cultural interaction, and all culture is escape, then the term *escape* as we know it is actually meaningless....


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Re: Preferred reading material [Re: Doom]
    #4196057 - 05/19/05 04:27 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

Define what you mean by cultural interaction.
I think I spend a great deal of time not interacting with my culture, but it depends on how far you extend the meaning of culture.


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Re: Preferred reading material [Re: Doom]
    #4196065 - 05/19/05 04:30 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

Quote:

Doom said:
so then, if our lives are basically made up of cultural interaction, and all culture is escape, then the term *escape* as we know it is actually meaningless....




Thats the understanding I have evolved into. We can't escape the subjective realities we live in. We are always within ourselves no matter what we are doing or not doing.


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Re: Preferred reading material [Re: gettinjiggywithit]
    #4196147 - 05/19/05 04:53 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

What's so wrong with escape? And are you really escaping? Or just relocating yourself? You can run, but you can't hide! mwaaahahha


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