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  • can anyone compare and contrast fiction and non-fiction? 23:55, 30 August 2004 User:
  • why is this called non-fiction? Why not factual? Or Reality?
    Should we call newspaper advertisments "non-editorial"? 17:53, 16 January 2006 User:DoomProof
  • can anyone tell the difference between fiction and non-fiction? 00:08 to 00:12, 17 September 2008 User:
  • can anyone tell the correct definition of non-fiction? 00:23, 16 September 2008 User:
  • Should this article mention the Bible? Edward 16:54, 5 Nov 2004 (UTC)
  • Keep in find, complete lies are still non-fiction, if that is the format they present themselves in. Hitler's propaganda was non-fiction, in that it was not a work of imagination. Instead, it was untrue, but still had a non-fiction format. The reason it was untrue was not because it was imagined, but instead it was because it was a product of misinformation, ignorance, and what is largely considered evil. Superm401 21:26, 20 Feb 2005 (UTC)
  • "composed of facts, true or untrue" is something of a problem. A fact, by definition, is something that is true; if it is untrue, it is not a fact. I'm going to change this to "an account or representation of a subject which is presented 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." This should make it more clear that "nonfiction" is a format rather than something that is necessarily true. JHCC (talk) 13:32, 16 September 2005 (UTC)

"Non-fiction" vs. "Nonfiction"[edit]

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I know I'm quibbling here, but don't you think that Nonfiction has made it's way into common language now, even though non-fiction was grammatically correct back then? I propose a move. --Anarkial 16:58, 7 June 2006 (UTC)

I agree! -- 18:47, 31 July 2006 (UTC)
No, a re-direct and a text addition, 'or; Nonfiction'.Book M 10:41, 3 November 2006 (UTC)

I would agree about using "nonfiction" with a re-direct from "non-fiction"; the copyeditor's bible, the MW 11th edition dictionary, prefers "nonfiction." Nonanon 15:17, 22 March 2007 (UTC)

Came here for this reason alone. I agree. ImpIn | {talk - contribs} 00:36, 24 May 2008 (UTC)

This article should never have been renamed without a WP:RM. It appears to be a WP:ENGVAR issue, so should not have been renamed. If you wish to rename it you should file a move request. (talk) 06:57, 5 April 2010 (UTC)

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I thought the Chicken Soup for the Soul image was fine for this article... Instead of just removing it, you should've replaced it with a "better suited" one. These pages and images show on Facebook profiles too, you know. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:37, 26 January 2011 (UTC)

The Puzzle as a Literary Genre[edit]

Full disclosure: I am the author of The Puzzle as a Literary Genre (, which has received many thousands of visitors over the past three years. No surprise. A simple Internet search on "puzzle" turns up hundreds of millions of 'hits'. Nevertheless, the Talk Page for the Puzzle entry ( has shown no interest so far in this proposed new literary genre.

Permit me to call attention to a distinguished feature as described in the 2010 essay as follows: "Puzzles can be fiction but their solutions must be nonfiction!" It seems to me that an External Link would be appropriate in this article or some other. Of course, I shall be pleased to support research on this subject by literary experts. Paul Niquette (talk) 09:57, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

Definitional inconsistency[edit]

The article begins by saying that non-fiction is a subdivision of prose, whose article defines the latter as having sentences and paragraphs. But then the present article goes on to include as non-fiction examples such things as cave art, blueprints, photographs, and diagrams. I think that if these non-prose examples are to be retained, the opening sentence should be broadened so as not to preclude these. (talk) 14:24, 8 August 2014 (UTC)