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I'd like to get a good dialogue going, so here goes.

This is a 'chicken or the egg' question.  Do you have a favorite genre' that you read for pleasure?  AND do you think your genre' choice has any influence on your religious beliefs?

Example:  I love Science Fiction and Fantasy, but I try to read a wide variety of genres.  I have noticed that these two are the 'friendliest' to my religious beliefs.  The question is do I gravitate to these because of my beliefs or did they influence me and lead me to those beliefs?

What do you think? :confused:
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I'd like to get a good dialogue going, so here goes.

This is a 'chicken or the egg' question.  Do you have a favorite genre' that you read for pleasure?  AND do you think your genre' choice has any influence on your religious beliefs?
 No my beliefs are not tied to any genre.  I have found that totally unrelated bits of information or ideas from different genres can lead to some amazing insights as to what was will be and is.


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Example:  I love Science Fiction and Fantasy, but I try to read a wide variety of genres.  I have noticed that these two are the 'friendliest' to my religious beliefs.  The question is do I gravitate to these because of my beliefs or did they influence me and lead me to those beliefs?

What do you think? :confused:


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do you think your genre' choice has any influence on your religious beliefs?

Not really, no.  I'll read just about anything, but my preferences are fantasy & scifi type stuff.  My religious journey is one interesting roadmap, but my reading preferences have remained constant.  

Then again you could say my reading choices reflect my personal belief in magic, and miracles, and the desire to keep a sense of wonder
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This is a 'chicken or the egg' question.  Do you have a favorite genre' that you read for pleasure?  

AND do you think your genre' choice has any influence on your religious beliefs? What do you think? :confused:


I read a little bit of everything but currently my favorite books to read for pleasure tend to be Sci-fi/Fantasy related. They're a much needed distraction from reality.

And...No, I don't feel that my favorite reads have influenced my religious practices or beliefs. I might read a Fantasy book with a known God or Goddess depicted in it but I don't think of it as anything other than fiction.

Its the same as if I were to read the book "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter." It wouldn't change the way I view 'ol Abe or what I've learned about him over the years.

Hope that makes sense, lol :)
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This is a 'chicken or the egg' question.  Do you have a favorite genre' that you read for pleasure?  AND do you think your genre' choice has any influence on your religious beliefs?


I read widely, in most genres except Westerns. (Librarian: it went with the territory at the previous job, and is less so now, but I still dabble a lot.) And I've pretty much always read somewhat widely.

I do read quite a bit of speculative fiction, and especially things with cohesive magical systems or cohesive religious systems, specifically for religious reasons - but it's more complicated than you suggest. There are different kinds of questions that come up in a world where magic is a thing that's taken for granted, or that the Gods act directly in the world is a common belief, and I'm interested in the ways different people approach those questions, and the answers they come to (both as authors, and their characters.)

But there's lots of different subgenres (and genres) and only a few of them get at those particular kinds of questions. I also read other things - history, sociology, philosophy, and so on - that get at the same kinds of questions about how we make choices and what we do with them - from other directions.
 
Also, I read mysteries, and have never particularly had a desire to have my life look like that, whether as victim or solver of same.
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I'd like to get a good dialogue going, so here goes.

This is a 'chicken or the egg' question.  Do you have a favorite genre' that you read for pleasure?

I will pretty much read just about everything, but I like reading Urban Paranormal, Fantasy and Sci Fi the most  (Which seems to be a common thread so far... :D: )

 AND do you think your genre' choice has any influence on your religious beliefs?

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Example:  I love Science Fiction and Fantasy, but I try to read a wide variety of genres.  I have noticed that these two are the 'friendliest' to my religious beliefs.  The question is do I gravitate to these because of my beliefs or did they influence me and lead me to those beliefs?

What do you think? :confused:

 
I would not say that reading these types of books influences my religious beliefs.  Although I am not sure exactly what those beliefs are currently, I have felt "pagany" since before I even knew what that was.  I do enjoy that these genres are usually more likely to accept or promote alternate religions.

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Do you have a favorite genre' that you read for pleasure?  AND do you think your genre' choice has any influence on your religious beliefs?


 
While I have pretty insanely broad taste in books (my husband and son look at me strangely if I come back from the library in less than an hour...it is a two minute drive and not very big, but I pretty much have to walk through the entire non-fiction section every time just to see what draws to me that week), I definitely am a supernatural fiction person.  If I am going to grab a book and sit and read purely for the pleasure without intent of learning anything specific, it will almost always be a book that involves people that are somewhat more than human.

At first I would have said yes, it influences my beliefs, but actually reading in general influences my beliefs.  I wouldn't say I draw more inspiration from my chosen genre than from any other book I might pick up and read.  I find the strangest things sometimes spark something within me and this changes how I approach my practice.

Sometimes it will be a scene that is written that describes a (fictitious) ritual or spell that just draws to me.  I may end up using parts of it (often visualizations) myself or finding a way to tweak it so it works for me.  Sometimes someone will talk about something they believe and it gives me a perspective I hadn't thought of.  It might not even be something I personally believe or from my own belief system, but what it does is it gets me thinking about what I do believe.
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I'd like to get a good dialogue going, so here goes.

This is a 'chicken or the egg' question.  Do you have a favorite genre' that you read for pleasure?  AND do you think your genre' choice has any influence on your religious beliefs?

Example:  I love Science Fiction and Fantasy, but I try to read a wide variety of genres.  I have noticed that these two are the 'friendliest' to my religious beliefs.  The question is do I gravitate to these because of my beliefs or did they influence me and lead me to those beliefs?

What do you think? :confused:

 
Yes and no.

No, due to mainly all the books I've been reading are chic flick type books and have nothing to do with religion.

Yes, due to after re-reading SWEEP I got back on my path.

Mostly thought I read thrillers, chic flick books, and things by Jodi Picoult which don't have much at all to do with my path.

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I'd like to get a good dialogue going, so here goes.

This is a 'chicken or the egg' question.  Do you have a favorite genre' that you read for pleasure?  AND do you think your genre' choice has any influence on your religious beliefs?

Example:  I love Science Fiction and Fantasy, but I try to read a wide variety of genres.  I have noticed that these two are the 'friendliest' to my religious beliefs.  The question is do I gravitate to these because of my beliefs or did they influence me and lead me to those beliefs?

What do you think? :confused:
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This is a 'chicken or the egg' question.  Do you have a favorite genre' that you read for pleasure?  AND do you think your genre' choice has any influence on your religious beliefs?

Fictionwise, I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy, a good number of mysteries, and a smaller amount of whatever else catches my interest. I doubt it's had any influence on my religious beliefs.

When it comes to non-fiction, I read a lot of information processing type books (because that's what I do), some history, some science, a bit of anything that looks interesting. I'm sure some of this has had influence on my beliefs -- especially the science and history.
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I'd like to get a good dialogue going, so here goes.

This is a 'chicken or the egg' question.  Do you have a favorite genre' that you read for pleasure?  AND do you think your genre' choice has any influence on your religious beliefs?

Example:  I love Science Fiction and Fantasy, but I try to read a wide variety of genres.  I have noticed that these two are the 'friendliest' to my religious beliefs.  The question is do I gravitate to these because of my beliefs or did they influence me and lead me to those beliefs?

What do you think? :confused:

My choice of book genres (or genre of anything really be it books, TV, anime, movie, music, etc) has, I believe, much more to do with my philosophy than my religious beliefs themselves. My religious beliefs tend to remain, mostly, the same, as my philosophical beliefs, ideals, conceptions, what have you, revolve and evolve around them. The way I think is mutable and tends to absorb (or reject) ideas presented by the media I imbibe. This isn't to say I am easily swayed, just that, because I tend to live in my head so much, what I read or watch gets me really thinking about things or thinking from different angles. I tend to pride myself on being flexible.

As far as my favorite genres, why Fantasy, Sci-fi, and other such things of course! Though I delight in reading just about anything.
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I'd like to get a good dialogue going, so here goes.

This is a 'chicken or the egg' question.  Do you have a favorite genre' that you read for pleasure?  AND do you think your genre' choice has any influence on your religious beliefs?

Example:  I love Science Fiction and Fantasy, but I try to read a wide variety of genres.  I have noticed that these two are the 'friendliest' to my religious beliefs.  The question is do I gravitate to these because of my beliefs or did they influence me and lead me to those beliefs?

What do you think? :confused:

 
Probably fantasy, science fiction, and horror. No I don't believe so. Some times I'll think "Hey!What inspired that?" and begin analyzing deep themes withing a tale and take away something deep from it, but no. I may like a book, but my practices are not influenced by them.
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My choice of book genres (or genre of anything really be it books, TV, anime, movie, music, etc) has, I believe, much more to do with my philosophy than my religious beliefs themselves.


This describes my view well. The world is a magical place, so I'm addicted to media that portray the mundane as magical and mysterious, which mostly turns out to be urban fantasy.

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I'd like to get a good dialogue going, so here goes.

This is a 'chicken or the egg' question.  Do you have a favorite genre' that you read for pleasure?  AND do you think your genre' choice has any influence on your religious beliefs?

Example:  I love Science Fiction and Fantasy, but I try to read a wide variety of genres.  I have noticed that these two are the 'friendliest' to my religious beliefs.  The question is do I gravitate to these because of my beliefs or did they influence me and lead me to those beliefs?

What do you think? :confused:

 
I mostly read non-fiction - history, sociology, memoirs, etc. I've always read a lot of British and Irish history, as well as reading up on many religions - so that probably did have an influence long before I was Pagan.

As a teenager, I read a lot of fantasy and science fiction. I still read some sci-fi, but I don't read much fiction anymore. (I don't know why - I just gravitated away from it.) My TV and movie preferences very much lean in the direction of the fantastical, though, and I do love anything that represents the world as magical or other-than-everyday. That certainly helped me to accept the existence of magic, in that I never saw it as something that only children are interested in.
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I'd like to get a good dialogue going, so here goes.

This is a 'chicken or the egg' question.  Do you have a favorite genre' that you read for pleasure?  AND do you think your genre' choice has any influence on your religious beliefs?



I agree with Naomi about an interest in fantasy and sci-fi helping with accepting possibilities beyond what is normally accepted, such as magic. I'm not very much into fantasy anymore, but I tend to read fiction where thinking outside the box and accepting as possible what had previously been unimaginable. I like mysteries and non-space themed sci-fi (especially Crichton).
I guess the short answer would be in a way, through fostering an open mind.
I have always been friendly to the idea of studying for my own purposes beyond what classes may require, so that has definitely helped me spend time reading up on Norse mythology and history.

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