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What does non-fiction mean?

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brittanny | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted August 15, 2010 at 6:15 PM via web

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What does non-fiction mean?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted August 15, 2010 at 10:55 PM (Answer #1)

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Non-fiction is a term applied to literary works.  The term implies that the subject matter of the reading material is truth.  When searching for materials that fit this description one may come across autobiographies, manuals, how-to books, and books based on subject matter such as science, math, or other learned materials.

In the library fiction, books that are created stories or information is located separately from books that are non-fiction.  The term non-fiction implies that the material is based on truth, is reliable, and accurate.  If the material is a memoir or biography the term implies that the person being written about had the actual experiences as written in the book.

Non-fiction has also been applied loosely to some movies.

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ijmarch14 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted August 15, 2010 at 6:45 PM (Answer #2)

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Non-fiction or nonfiction is an account, narrative, or representation of a subject which an author presents as fact. This presentation may be accurate or not; that is, it can give either a true or a false account of the subject in question. However, it is generally assumed that the authors of such accounts believe them to be truthful at the time of their composition. Note that reporting the beliefs of others in a non-fiction format is not necessarily an endorsement of the ultimate veracity of those beliefs, it is simply saying that it is true that people believe that (for such topics as mythology, religion). Non-fiction can also be written about fiction, giving information about these other works.

 

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