Do you prefer books to be realistic or fantastic?Do you prefer books to be realistic or fantastic? Paula #questionnaire #fantasy
I don’t mind real-world fantastic (ie, there may be creatures, but it is overall real-world ish), but I draw the line around orcs and swords and mages and stuff.
Can’t decide? Both
Depends entirely on mood of the moment..and if it sounds like a good story.
either – just have to be well written and hold my attention
Sometimes real and the other time fantasy.
I demand that nonfiction books to be realistic (tongue firmly in cheek). The others are free to take me where they will.
Yes, I expect there to be a distinct line between fiction and nonfiction. I also tend to look for end notes and a bibliography with most modern nonfiction. I want some documentation and other titles to explore.
You must love Bill Bryson, man loves to site his sources. On a tangent, I’m reading The Mother Tongue: English and how it got that way by the professor.
I love Bill Bryson. A Walk in the Woods remains a favorite NF. And funny as hell
As a matter of fact, I DO love BB. His printed work is funny, but his audios make me laugh out loud. Something about his delivery..
@Paula In a Sunburned Country is also very good. I’ve also seen this book under the title of Australia.
@Oscar That audio is wonderful too.
@Vicki I really should spend more time with audio books.
I’m working on that…I don’t hear well, so have avoided them for myself. When the kids were younger, it was just too noisy for me to listen attentively, as I had to contend with them AND the audio, and the doorbell, or the phone, etc. Putting on headphones was an open invitation for them all to NEED me, NOW,
@Vicki How I miss my kids when they were little. Ages 4 through 8 were my very best times in my life. When I picture my kids, I see them that age. Don’t miss the noise too much, though. What I miss is the hanging out with them, doing nothing in particular, eating ice cream, giggling uncontrollably, or my favorite pastime with them was: What is another word for? Another word for red, or smile, house. Made them think.
Realistic. I have a couple of favourite paranormal horrors that are novels but are semi realistic. It could happen…but probably not…but ya never know ?
I love both
Both in order to make sense.
Realistically Fantastic! 😀
Historical Fiction !
I prefer realistic
Depends on the story. I want stories to be internally consistent with the world they’re set in.
I read mostly books on history so realistic but fiction books I prefer them fantastic.
I wish life was as realistic as a biography, and as fantastic as a science fiction. ?
It’s best when you keep a nice balance between the two. I lean more towards the realistic. I am not a fan of pure fantasy or heavy science fiction. The only Tolkien that I have read is The Hobbit which rated a mild “meh”. Sci-fi just about the hardware bores me. I love the Dune series by Frank Herbert because the characters are never upstaged by the sci-fi aspects.
Fantasy based in reality.
I’ll take either
Can it be both genders? I write fantastic literature of horror, adventure and fantasy, but I really like Gabriel Garcia Marques. His literature can be classified as fantastic realism. The book One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of my favorites.
Fantastic, even if I’m reading a book based on a real individual, I like facts but they can be a bit fantastic☺️?
I love like both?
In the true sense of each word, I think that a good book can be both realistic and fantastic at the same time.
We need a word for that middle ground.
@Michele magical realism. Not exactly a word, but there’s a term for it.
@Oscar I think of fantastic as being incredible or superb… which could be any book, realistic or not.
@Michele I do, too. Magical realism is the closest I could find. We still need a word for that middle ground.
How about spellbinding………….?
@Clara I like it!
Fantastic – otherwise the mc might be dead by the first chapter. Lol.
or some where between the line like animal farm
I enjoy both. I like fantasy stories that could possibly happen.
Something in between ?
I like both. Depends on my mood.
I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather a book I read be fantastic rather than terrible. Now that I’ve gotten the smart a** out of my system, both. I enjoy grounded fantastic.
“smart a** out of my system” this deserves a like.
If the background is supposed to be real (like historical fiction and forensic crime) I demand it be realistic.