What is the purpose of reading fiction? I assume it must be for entertainment value, but I can't seem to find anything that interests me. I've tried classic and contemporary works in a variety of genres, including: mystery, romance, sci fi, fantasy, historical fiction, and poetry. I've explored plays, short stories, poetry, and novels. Very little peaks my interest. I just completed Jane Eyre, reading it only out of a sense of obligation. While I appreciated the social commentary, the underlying themes were comparable to what you might find on any afternoon soap opera. If I find those shows trivial, how can I find "classics" like Jane Eyre to be worthwhile? Much to my friends' amusement, I read to obtain information. I really enjoyed The Not So Big House and God & Your Stuff. I find the newspaper to be enthralling. So why do you read fiction?