The Storytelling Animal

I am reading The Storytelling Animal by John Gotschallright now and it is fascinating!! It goes into why humans are so drawn to story, why it affects us so deeply, and how our brains process fiction versus nonfiction. 

I had no idea that fiction was such a big part of the existence of human beings. To be honest, I thought my obsession with it was maybe a little bit odd. But it appears that we are all drawn to it, even those of us who might choose to read nonfiction. Even the more scientific presentations of information are now told through story – documentaries, professional sports, headline news… There’ll stories with heroes and underdogs and antagonists and protagonists!

Highly recommended book! I don’t have much else to say at this point, I still haven’t finished it yet, but here’s my favorite quote so far:


Literature offers feelings for which we don’t have to pay. It allows us to love, condemn, condone, hope, dread, and hate without any of the risks those feelings ordinarily involve.

– Jonathan Gottschall, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human

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