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Does reading fiction novels make you smarter?

Asked by: 2Niquers2
  • Depends- Fiction isn't Fantasy.

    It really just depends on what you're reading. Something focusing on a kids magical quest to save the fairy realm from hordes of flesh-eating zombies, or a teen suddenly realizing that they are a long-lost princess from an alternate universe where magic exists (I just call this "Major-league Fantasy") won't give you the same knowledge that something else may. Let's take a murder-mystery for example; are we saying that because it hasn't actually occurred in real life- that it's fiction- you can't gain any knowledge from it? I've got to disagree there- I've learned so many things about the how people act and the way society works from those genres.
    So in some ways, yes, fiction novels can help you. But you also need to know if it's fiction or fantasy.

  • Yes books are great

    Books help you learn more about what is going on in the community and it helps you learn better vocab to be able to learn more and more and when you are finisshed you are able to read more and there kids will be able to teach your kids how to read.

  • Yes books are great

    Books help you learn more about what is going on in the community and it helps you learn better vocab to be able to learn more and more and when you are finisshed you are able to read more and there kids will be able to teach your kids how to read.

  • Reading books helps you become smarter.

    When you read you expand your vocabulary. That is one was that you can get smarter by reading. Another way reading helps you is, it learn different ways to write. For example, when you read fiction you see how to write in a descriptive and narrative way. Finally, you can read books filled with facts and knowledge. Reading helps you become smarter.

  • You learn new vocabulary

    When you read you usually learn new vocabulary. It is important to know a lot of words to increase your word choice. You also learn how to spell better because you repetitively see how words are spelled. Last, it is an exercise for the brain. Those are just a few reasons reading fiction makes you smarter.

  • It really depends on the person...

    If the person really wants to put time and effort just to read books just to get smarter. That takes determination. Reading all kinds of books will definitely help you become more intelligent. Reading is like candy for the brain, the more you read the more knowledge you get in return.

  • I am not sure

    I read a lot and i get A's but i honestly think it doesnt but i wish it would so yeah i heard that for reading to effect your brain in a postitve you have to read not just fiction but a varity like histroy science and littere also so read from a variety to improve your skills

  • I am not sure

    I read a lot and i get A's but i honestly think it doesnt but i wish it would so yeah i heard that for reading to effect your brain in a postitve you have to read not just fiction but a varity like histroy science and littere also so read from a variety to improve your skills

  • No,reading does not make a person smarter because...

    Reading doesn't make a person smarter because I have a friend who is a total moron but he read War and peace ,The Russian revolution and he also read the The World Book Encyclopedia . That is why I say that reading does not make a person smarter
    Thank You

  • Yes, all books make you smarter.

    All books make you smarter and more intelligent. For example, I love Pretty Little Liars. Yes, it is a mystery book, but there are some BIG words in them. If or when I don't know what they mean, I use context clues. If you have never read this series, I seriously recommend it to ages 12-19 or older. Hope this helped you!!

  • Just because reading requires brain activity...

    It does not mean it will improve it. People do all sorts of things and like to proclaim their activity to be the one that is sophisticated and the one that makes you smart. Same goes for people who read fiction.
    But in my opinion smarts come from learning. And there is nothing to learn from bad fiction. So even though a valuable and a well written book might make you a smarter person by making you think, a piece of crap might make you dumber just as well, if it has enough influence.
    So no, not necessarily.

  • Depends heavily on what you read.

    If your fiction reading list includes only garbage like "Twilight" or "Fifty Shades of Grey", one could argue that exposing your brain to such hackneyed schlock can actually reduce your intelligence.

    "Garbage in, garbage out", folks. While the act of reading itself is useful cognitively, it will not increase your intelligence level if the content is subpar.

  • I am not sure

    I read a lot and i get A's but i honestly think it doesnt but i wish it would so yeah i heard that for reading to effect your brain in a postitve you have to read not just fiction but a varity like histroy science and littere also so read from a variety to improve your skills

  • No,reading does not make a person smarter because...

    Reading doesn't make a person smarter because I have a friend who is a total moron but he read War and peace ,The Russian revolution and he also read the The World Book Encyclopedia . That is why I say that reading does not make a person smarter
    Thank You

  • There's a severe disconnect between the two.

    Sure, reading examples of a language might increase one's lexicon, but I'm of the opinion that intelligent people merely enjoy reading because it fulfills a need to intake information, especially of fictional realms. That is, smart people tend to read, but reading will not make one smart. Even in books with "big words," the actual reading doesn't prove to be evocative.

    If you think reading fiction will make one more intelligent, that is a sorry mistake. I know several book worms that aren't competent at much else other than reading fiction and discussing relationships between characters which largely is speculation and gathering from context.

    I shouldn't be using personal examples to answer this question, but then again, the prompt *does* say "State Your Opinion"

  • Reading Keeps Mind Sharp

    I do not believe reading fiction novels will make you smarter. I do, however, believe that reading can keep a mind sharp and aware. I believe people who read often are more mentally agile than those that chose not to. Reading is essential in our society, but reading won't make you a genius.


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