Practice Piece 8.1

Picture yourself sitting down in a grassy area and picking up a book and embarking on a fantastical journey around the world and back. Now picture yourself picking up a drab, lengthy autobiography that leads you half-asleep and drooling after only a few pages. Which would you rather? Fictional literature opens up the world of the imagination, and allows the author to take the reader on a journey of a lifetime through basic words in twelve-point Times New Roman font. More fictional writing should be read in order to expand the imaginative horizons of readers.

Fiction brings an element to literature that nothing else can compare to. The author of a fictional piece of work is placed with an infinite power of language. This author can write about anything they want without question, whether it be a semi-personal narrative or a sci-fin fantasy novel. After reading “Your Brain on Fiction” by Annie Murphy Paul, I have further solidified my beliefs that reading abstract literature stimulates the most important areas of the brain. It has also been proven that diction involving strong imagery and sensory details stimulate “…not only the language-processing areas of the brain, but also those devoted to dealing with smells” (Annie Murphy Paul). Studies also show that people who lack important real-life experiences and interactions are able to come alive through the experiences of character’s in fictional works. Reading more fiction will do nothing but good. Besides activating key brain areas, reading fiction simply expands the mind and opens our imaginations to new levels of creativity and thinking.

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