For the record (not that anyone cares), I do not understand the appeal of zombies...or even know the definition of such a creature. I would never write a novel of that genre, due to lack of interest and lack of understanding. John Le Carré has said that fiction must be plausible. Well, that precludes writing about zombies.
I have met a few cretins in my life, but that might be something different. A few of the characters in my books fall into this category. None have been known to long to feed on other humans.
As an afterthought, I wonder if there are any vegetarian zombies...
I knew this...
A headline from Salon:
Study: Reading novels makes us better thinkers
New research says reading literary fiction helps people embrace
ambiguous ideas and avoid snap judgments
So, buy my novels and become a better thinker!
The only thing surprising in the article, Why Fiction Is Good For You, in boston.com is that scientists are studying this subject. Then again, someone is always studying something.
I always knew that fiction was good, based upon the fact that I like to read. Now, researchers have proven this fact (even if the science deniers won’t agree--because they won’t like the conclusion).
One conclusion of one study states:
...fiction serves the function of “making the world a better place by improving interpersonal understanding.”
And another concludes:
“...Reading narrative fiction allows one to learn about our social world and as a result fosters empathic growth and prosocial behavior.”