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Non-Fiction Stigma?

Updated: Sep 12, 2021

"It's not you, it's me."

Recently, I've been thinking about Non-Fiction and whether there's a stigma around the medium.

I had a look around the internet and came across this article from 2012 Opinion why nonfiction is boring | Mental Meanderings ( "It's the people who matter."

As a people person, I love reading stories where the characters are rich in personality, and something I've come to realise is that quite a few non-fiction stories concentrate more on the events of the story rather than the person in the story. I think it's why I enjoyed Michael Ondaatje's "Running in the Family" so much because he showed us his families events through the eyes of the various family members.

In order for a piece of non-fiction to be successful, does it need to marry both the descriptive setting and also have compelling characters? Is non-fiction labelled as boring because each individual book is about a particular topic of interest, a personal interest? For example, I'm interested in space and time, so I enjoyed reading the works of Stephen Hawking, but people who couldn't care less about black holes and quantum physics would instantly throw it into the boring category.

These are just questions I'm pondering as I continue to explore the genre,

Thanks for reading,

Alex Allison


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