It’s unanimously agreed that the important things in life aren’t contained within a textbook. If they are, then it’s only a practical experience that’ll convert it from a fact one knows to a practice that’s enacted. However, a person can only experience so much in their lifetime. In addition, there is only so much one can afford to experience in a world dominated by capitalism.
Is It A Fallacy To Learn From Fiction?
The pandemic triggered a mass release of healthcare system-related books written by doctors, politicians, and laypeople. Better than the nonfiction, however, are the medical fiction books written by industry insiders, like Andy Lazris, M.D., a man outspoken enough to hold multibillion-dollar companies accountable.
The modern day places many restrictions on who can go where. These then act as a restriction upon what one can experience and learn. The restriction of education to the very privileged is nothing new, but fortunately, there’s a loophole. One could buy affordable fiction books by a CEO and get a unique taste for their experiences.
On the other hand, one could pay exorbitant sums for a Ph.D. in Business Studies only to find that they had no idea how to navigate a corporate setting.
Why Not Nonfiction?
You could order nonfiction books to read about your subject of choice, but that’s a niche of another person’s knowledge. They may contain facts, but what they lack are a way of thinking and a mindset. A Jewish history book written by a historian would be very different from one written by an accountant.
When writing fiction, authors tend to engage their brains more than they realize, and the details they miss and the stories they include are a direct result of the way they’re trained to think.
Furthermore, a Civil War book online written by someone who’d studied it for years may not engage the reader in a way that a book by someone building a fictional world around what they knew. Historical fiction is still based on history, and even if it’s not brimming with facts, it’s designed to inspire a thought process.
Three Brothers From Virginia
This Civil War book is pure fiction, but as reviewers attest, it instills a lot of empathy.
An epic tale of a mixed-race family struggling to stay safe and hidden from a blatantly racist society is almost stunning in its onslaught of emotion. Most people will have had numerous classes about the Civil War, but paragraphs of numbers, vaguely described events, and too many names to remember don’t quite strike the same chords.
The Geriatrics Vengeance Club
Not only is this a hilarious read, but it’s also three-dimensional. For the ultimate immersive experience, the reader can nod their head along to a custom-made soundtrack. Medical fiction has never been so interactive.
This book, beloved by reviewers, garnered attention in a post-COVID world because it boldly took exception with the national response. The author’s online COVID-19 bookstore brims with such criticisms that the public, at large, wouldn’t think to raise an eyebrow at.
However, this book reminds readers of the American constitution and the Hippocratic Oath, leaving them to question whether or not it’s been breached. Even readers who disagree with the main character will have the opportunity to examine their own thought processes.
The way to learn isn’t always to absorb as much information as possible. Sometimes it’s just to widen your perspective and see the bigger picture. More often than not, seeing real-life problems in a fictional setting can lead the reader to isolate the facts from the biases and think without their own personal influences.
This is something that Andy Lazris specializes in. Even if you’re looking to buy a healthcare reform book, you’ll be better served at an online fiction book shop. No matter the subject, a fiction book written by someone with experience will contain something more valuable than a textbook.
About The Author
Eileen Grant is a Ph.D. holder and a librarian who acts as a part-time consultant at a publishing house. A self-proclaimed book nut, she claims that books are the closest thing humans have to bottled life experience.
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