A book a day keeps reality away

I am a science major and one day will be a science teacher. I love to read, but I only read fantasy or historical novels, not anything that could actually happen in today's world. This may seem like a contradiction but it makes perfect sense to me. In my life I am bombarded by science and all of our technological advances, so when I read I don't want to read about something that I could actually experience. I want to read about things that I can only experience through books, things like magic and shape shifting. I use books as an escape from reality, not necessarily because this age of modern science is bad but because it can be overwhelming and a bit depressing.

This age is overwhelming a depressing because when you at the history of any society it is cyclical, a rise and then a fall. When you look at our society and how much we have accomplished you cant help but wonder how close our "fall" is. You are constantly exposed to all of the newest gadgets and devices that everyone says you need right now. But when you read a fantasy book you escape from all that. You don't have to worry about which iPhone just came out, or how far all of these virus's have traveled and how many they have infected. You don't have to worry about any of those things because in the world of the book, those worries are

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2 years ago
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This is an interesting view. I agree that today's science can be overwhelming and depressing. I'm not a huge fantasy/science fiction fan, but I understand why other people love it so much. It's an escape from reality, and that can be nice sometimes.

2 years ago
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Looks like something from the last sentence is missing? :-)

Yes, I can see how the idea of escape from science even when you love science can make sense. With extra responsibilities -- which science brings to all of us, in way or another, I suspect -- comes an extra need for nurturing (?) perhaps...and we may not be able to get that from science, which is a demanding muse.

I wonder, though, if the fantastic is not simply an escape, but offers some kind of renewal as well beyond "resting", let's say, away from the consequences of science, the parts that are difficult...maybe it feeds important parts of human thought and emotion that get left behind otherwise.

2 years ago
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I agree with your point of view as well, it seems like sometimes the negativity that reality and nonfiction delivers may not always be the most productive way for a mind to grow and that sometimes fiction may be the creative boost that the mind needs to solve a new problem.