Reading is good for you, we have long been told, and a new study by researchers at Ohio State describes one of the many benefits of reading: It makes you identify with people who are not like yourself and, consequently, care for them. (Image via Lenny Likes Libraries) The escaped slave Sethe in Toni Morrison's "Beloved"; the ghettoized immigrants in Henry Roth's "Call it Sleep" -- when you read about them, you become these imaginary individuals in a process the OSU researchers call "experience-taking." The OSU findings, which appear in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology indicate that readers of fiction "found themselves feeling the emotions, thoughts, beliefs and internal responses of one of the characters as if they were their own." For example, researchers discovered that subjects who read a first-person account of someone going to vote were more likely to vote themselves, as opposed to those who read a more distanced third-person narrative of the same experience. The art of empathy: According to new study, literature makes you care about others | New York Daily News
Over the last few days a link to the New York Times blog featuring a study regarding literary fiction's ability to teach empathy has been circulating several subreddits, and with it I've noticed a very interesting phenomenon. I've seen it here, on Science, on Writing, and perhaps some other places I don't remember, and the popular response has been largely the same in each place. It seems the reddit has a very intense hate for "intellectual" literature. This really surprised me, because for the most part people on reddit are pretty much universally pretentious assholes when it comes to intellectual superiority. The whole atheism/STEM/liberal politics circlejerk thing is funny to us because it's so massively prevalent on this site to the point we can anticipate it within seconds of a thread being born. Literary anti-intellectualism on reddit : books
My personal favorite book is "Prince of Foxes" by Samuel Shellabarger. It hasn't been popular since the 1950s and it's hard to find copies, but the story is the best pick-me-up ever (and my dad used to read it out loud to me). It's basically a story of a bad man becoming a good man, and it's just a damn good and well-written adventure novel in general. I read it whenever I'm feeling low. Edited my grammatical errors, and I just have to say this thread has made my day! I'm about to blow so much money on new books, I can't wait!! What book left you feeling amazing and on top of the world? : books
Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling #1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes. #2: You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be v. different. #3: Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.
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Mark Twain’s 20 Quotes on Writing | azevedo's reviews 3.4K Flares Twitter 5 Facebook 1.6K Pin It Share 61 61 Reddit 1.8K Google+ 32 3.4K Flares × 1. “I haven’t any right to criticize books, and I don’t do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticize Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.”
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Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling These rules were originally tweeted by Emma Coats, Pixar’s Story Artist. Number 9 on the list - When you’re stuck, make a list of what wouldn’t happen next – is a great one and can apply to writers in all genres. You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be very different.Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it.
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Anatole France Anatole France (pronounced: [anatɔl fʁɑ̃s]; born François-Anatole Thibault, [frɑ̃swa anatɔl tibo]; 16 April 1844 – 12 October 1924) was a French poet, journalist, and novelist. He was born in Paris, and died in Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire. He was a successful novelist, with several best-sellers. Ironic and skeptical, he was considered in his day the ideal French man of letters.
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