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Lark_Truth wrote:The stories and novels that I love to read the best are those that don't just entertain me, but teach me truths and philosophies that are awe-inspiring. Harry Potter teaches about the power of Love, not just romantic love, but the deep, magical love of sacrifice and bonds of friendship. Harry Potter also has some very useful do's and do-not's of flirting. Terry Brook's Shannara sagas teach about the power of truth, the acceptance of self, and the way lies can twist life itself (through dark magic of course, but still). Brandon Sanderson has a lot on fear, acceptance, hope, honor, truth, lies, etc. But lots of people still like to read the entertainment stuff, just for fun. I do to. So the question I am asking here is: Are lessons in entertainment better than just plain entertainment?
Eduk wrote:For books which have a message I would recommend, in no order, The Grapes of Wrath, Catcher in the Rye, Catch 22 and 1984. There are of course many others.
For some the Hobbit is silly, but I personally think it is silly to think it is silly.
Eduk wrote:If you have read the book then I have nothing more to add. I value my time.
Eduk wrote:Just out of interest which books do you feel are both good and challenge preconceptions the best? Obviously a personal list, I was just wondering.
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