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Science Fiction Isn't Less Important Than Other Genres But You Probably Think It Is

Studies reveal that people as a whole seem to prefer literary styles of writing to science fiction styles, in terms of the word choices and language employed. They even unconsciously put less effort into reading science fiction, due to learned perspective on how these types of stories should unfold.

It turns out that we may read science fiction less thoughtfully than we do literary writing.

According to a paper published in the journal, Scientific Study of Literature, professors Chris Gavaler and Dan Johnson of Washington and Lee University found that when mentally classifying text under science fiction, readers automatically assume the text is less valuable — in a literary sense. For this reason, humans unconsciously put a decreased level of effort into reading works of science fiction than they would apply to literary writing.

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