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Fiction or non-fiction?
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Some aphantasics prefer non-fiction over fiction or fantasy novels, as they cannot create mental images of scenes or characters. What’s your preference?

Discussion Answer #29991
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Definitely fiction.  For me reading is about the action and the plot. I find that the fantasy genre gives writers more opportunity to create an abundance of activity and wildly complicated plot twists, much more so than what you typically find in real life.

Discussion Answer (Father) #26354
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I love both. I’m not sure if I manage to conjure up vague scenes visually, or if I just feel I have the knowledge of what that scene looks like. It’s almost as though the very lack of effort and intention allows me to form an image more easily–if that’s what’s happening. I’m not focused on forming an image when I’m reading, I’m focused on enjoying the story.

Answer for Fiction or Non-fiction?
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Funnily enough, I usually resort to reading fan works from tv shows or movies. it might be because I already know what the characters look like, and if I need to I can google. I guess it just takes off the pressure to try and visualise. Anyone else?

Answer for Fiction or Non-fiction?
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I read both, but I prefer fiction. I also love, and write, poetry. For me it is the play of words more than any images they may invoke.

Answer for Fiction or Non-fiction?
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When I was younger, I used to read science fiction and fantasy almost exclusively. Over time, however, this has shifted to fact-based genres like science and history. The number of fiction authors I read now is very limited.

Answer for Fiction or Non-fiction?
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I prefer fiction– I have a terrible memory for my own life experiences but I can remember some book plots pretty well. Because I can’t visualize, I have trouble with some nonfication concepts: anything having to do with astronomy, microbology, or other things I can’t physically see; history nonfiction that goes into much detail about troop movements, city layouts, etc.– I can’t "see" them so they don’t make much sense to me. I do like science, psychology, and nature NF. I’m a dyslexic aphantasiac ADHD librarian. 😀