Why do people read fiction?

The results!

A Writer of History

The 2018 Reader Survey asked participants why they read fiction. Several answers were proposed along with an invitation to comment. With well over 1800 responses, the results below show the percentages of those who chose ‘always’ or ‘frequently’ for each given option.

And below are a sampling of the comments people added:

I don’t like the term ‘escapism’ when referring to reading – to me it cheapens the experience on behalf of the reader. To an extent, I like to be entertained especially if I’m reading something lighter in context but I never read to simply ‘pass the time’. I like getting caught inside the shoes and heart of the characters, feeling captured by the timescape and exiting feeling as if I had ‘lived the life’ I had just read.

I just want to highlight “understand the circumstances of others.” Reading has let me be the fly on the wall…

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