Many people think that since fiction is a pack of lies, it is entirely a useless thing. You can use it to kill some spare time but it’s of no further import.
On the other hand there are those who can list dozens of uses in favor of fiction. Reading even for pleasure will make you literate; reading serious literature makes you more empathetic; reading stories makes you more creative; are only some of the arguments fiction supporters give.
I think whether fiction is useless or useful is not a wise debate to have. Fiction is multifarious in nature. Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Meyer’s Twilight both are works of fiction but you obviously can’t put them on an equal footing.
For such debates to have any meaning you first have to specify what type of fiction you’re talking about.
Even if I agree for the sake of argument that fiction is devoid of any practical advantage it still won’t be useless because it provides entertainment. This quality of fiction to entertain, this aspect of providing comfort and relief to the audience, is in itself a use. And for me, this use is enough.
However I was curious to know what the famous writers of fictions had to say about this issue. So I did some research and found something important.