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    Question Reading Styles Differing Between Types?

    So I have a dream of being a writer and because I am a P, I spend a lot more time thinking about the idea and the act of writing, and not much time actually writing.

    A discussion I had with a member on here a long time ago sparked this idea that I am using to create this thread, and I thought I would finally bring it out as a topic of discussion.

    Do you think that your type affects what kinds of books you enjoy reading? For instance I adore the idea of time travel and non-linear storytelling and getting the whole picture in bits that are disjointed like a puzzle I get to smash together in my head. The person I was talking to thought that time travel was "the vice of Si" being that they are Ni and don't see the point in caring about the past.

    (And I don't want this to sound like a stereotypical type thread where obvious answers are obvious... like ISTPs clearly don't read anything except the names on the boxes of car parts, or INFPs only read books about pudding and unicorns. I think I am more curious as to whether the INTJ's hypothesis is correct and that there is something to the functions and preference to particular themes of reading.)

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    I wonder if there's a difference in who might like two types of detective stories -- "whodunit" and "howcatchem." The former involves following a sleuth along as he unfolds the story behind a crime, the latter from an omniscient viewpoint where we track how the sleuth arrives at the answer.

    Also, fiction versus nonfiction; direct message versus indirect message; and so on.

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    Ni perceives no timeline and will leap back, forth or current, so the INTJ in question doesn't understand Ni.

    As far as reading styles, as a general correlation but not all, intuitives appear to enjoy sci-fi and fantasy more than sensory types.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bologna View Post
    I wonder if there's a difference in who might like two types of detective stories -- "whodunit" and "howcatchem." The former involves following a sleuth along as he unfolds the story behind a crime, the latter from an omniscient viewpoint where we track how the sleuth arrives at the answer.

    Also, fiction versus nonfiction; direct message versus indirect message; and so on.
    I never read mysteries so I was not aware of these two differences... I am going to have to check this out and see which I prefer... thank you for your reply!

    I am not a personal fan of nonfiction for the most part. It sort of depends on the subject... If I am studying something it is one thing, but reading nonfiction for the sake of reading it... Ew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andante View Post
    Ni perceives no timeline and will leap back, forth or current, so the INTJ in question doesn't understand Ni.

    As far as reading styles, as a general correlation but not all, intuitives appear to enjoy sci-fi and fantasy more than sensory types.
    What kind of books do you enjoy reading? (My current book idea is a fantasy one.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saturned View Post
    What kind of books do you enjoy reading? (My current book idea is a fantasy one.)
    When it comes to fiction, primarily fantasy and sci-fi, although psych thrillers with murder and mayhem are also attractive. Non-fiction choices surround my interests of the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andante View Post
    When it comes to fiction, primarily fantasy and sci-fi, although psych thrillers with murder and mayhem are also attractive. Non-fiction choices surround my interests of the moment.
    Do you like it if the story is disjointed like a puzzle? What appeals to you the most in a good book? (Characters, plot, interesting vision of the future, etc.)

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    Type might affect it, but I don't have any theories about how.

    My strong preference (>95% of what I read) is fantasy and sci fi, with a small bit of nonfiction (usually science or biography) or regular fiction thrown in. I like some psych thrillers/suspense novels if well-written, but most of them are trash. I've read countless hundreds of scifi/fantasy books in my lifetime, and probably under a hundred books of all other genres, if you don't count books I read as a child/teenager. I've liked some "classic" fiction novels, and disliked many more. I have nearly zero interest in poetry. I've liked some graphic novels, but haven't gotten into them that much. I read more online than actual books these days - a lot of opinion pieces, news stories, discussion, etc.

    I loathe mysteries/detective stories. I'm not sure why. They're just very boring to me. Nearly painfully so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saturned View Post
    Do you like it if the story is disjointed like a puzzle?
    Sure. Juggling timelines, a twisted and twisting plot and a cast of a thousand following different timelines, if well done, are the most appealing.

    What appeals to you the most in a good book? (Characters, plot, interesting vision of the future, etc.)
    Refer to above but with the added caveat that protagonists must be appealing to me, where what's appealing to me doesn't necessarily align with convention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andante View Post
    Sure. Juggling timelines, a twisted and twisting plot and a cast of a thousand following different timelines, if well done, are the most appealing.

    Refer to above but with the added caveat that protagonists must be appealing to me, where what's appealing to me doesn't necessarily align with convention.
    What about if the protagonists don't align with your own values or opinions of life or whatever?

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