As much as I like reading I’ve realized that I’ve actually read very little throughout my whole life.This doesn’t count stuff that’s obligatory for school b/c they always give out enough work as it is and then some -_-.Most of my knowledge on literature and pop culture comes from word of mouth and in the past half decade explanations from sties like wikipedia,tvtropes and others.
As a matter of fact in Canada there is a literacy test that every high schooler in grade 10 has to pass in order to graduate.You need to get 300/400 to pass and if they fail once they get a retry and if they fail that they’ve got to take a literacy course.I failed a literacy test my first time around and even though this was in part due to being distracted by a girl who at the time I had a crush on and it was coincidentally her birthday.Due to that I didn’t have enough time to finish an essay question at the back which had I finished it would have probably meant I’d pass the first time around.By regardless of getting sidetracked by that I still feel ashamed in how I should have been able to pass even with a distraction.What complicates this even more is how recently about a year ago I was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome that I’ve apparently had my whole life.All this considered could I still make it as a technical writer or a fiction writer even?.
However since I mentioned the topic of fictional prose it makes feel like asking what exactly is the point of reading fiction?.Am I always suppose to a/o is it “better” if you intrepret the sub-text in fictional stories regardless of what it is? (like if it’s just a run of the mill Del Rey published paperback sci-fi or fantasy novel).How is it different from reading non fiction that isn’t really based on facts? (ex.philosophy).
Could reading more like visual forms of fiction (ex.comics books and manga) ever be as intellectually adequete as reading a novel?.If it is,it’s not like I’ll do that more (I kind of do it enough and gotta supplement myself with fiction prose IMO) but if it’s not,why and how so?.By the way if reading graphic novels is not as good as reading novels then I’m guilty of that:D.I’ve got novels in mind to read and I dont mind reading novels but haven’t gotten around it mainly because of how comic books and manga appeal to me for sentimental reasons that can be traced back to my toddler-hood.Just to say for most of my life I’ve been more inclined to non-fiction and also IMO writing on forums like these have definately helped my writing skills at least:p.