It’s official! A scientific study says so, so it must be right. Reading fiction encourages readers to empathise with the characters, and, in some mysterious way, this makes fiction-reading a Good Thing both for readers, and also for society. Who’d have thunk it? Apparently, extensive research proves that children reading vampire romances felt more vampire-like afterwards; and children reading Harry Potter books felt more wizardly.
Lordy, lordy! Whatever will they think of next? Best keep these kids away from Portnoy’s Complaint, I think – they may not be able to handle it.