I was browsing thru wikipedia as I usually do, and I stumbled upon some fascinating pictures of Cardinal-nephews . Nice clothing they had. It's like an entirely different world it was 300 years ago. I got almost this fantasy-like sensation from the dresses they wore, transferring me to a world of mystic phenomenons and the great unknowns. That's how the world seemed to open to the people hundreds of years ago, and that's a feeling I like a lot when I play fantasy games, watch fantasy movies etc..
See, reality can be just as fun as fantasy. Can it?
I immediately remembered one of my friends who wrote an email to us gaming folks, writing about how people should do everything in the real world instead of with computer games. Bit of a joke, but he had a message in it. He urged us to replace car simulations with driving, strategy games with planning our life's strategy, war games with history books, fantasy games with learning from the nature, financial games with managing one's own finances.
I don't feel that the reality can usually be "played" to such depth as games, and I feel the usual concrete immediate reality offers inadequate stimulation for the mind. I feel I must supplement the immediate reality with learning facts and concepts from everything else, and by immersing myself in an imagined world, from time to time. I would need pretty optimal stimulation from the real world to be content with that and not having to read papers, watch movies, etc..
This must be something that depends on personal experiences, and perhaps, type.
Edit: revised first question. Is this any better?
How would you describe your feelings about factual and fictional information, like history and a fantasy world?
Would the time spent in fiction be better used in the real world?
What is it that makes people drawn to fiction?
Do you enjoy fantasy?
Do you enjoy reading non-fiction?
Do you enjoy watching the news and keeping track of current events?
What would your world be like without fiction?
Do you think that facts and fiction are on equal par to entertain you?