The ludic reader reads for pleasure. According to Victor Nell in his paper “The Psychology of Reading for Pleasure: Needs and Gratifications”
“The reading of light fiction, most usually in book form, is of special interest for at least three reasons: First, fiction reading accounts for most ludic reading (Nell, 1985). Second, the experience of being lost in a book, in absorption or entrancement, is most strongly associated with the reading of fiction and of “narrative nonfiction” (Wolfe, 1975). Third, since the eighteenth century the reading of fiction, unlike other kinds of reading, has been the target of merciless critical asceticism and has even been regarded as addictive: The circulating libraries were “tuppenny dram shops,” and “to read novels, as to drink wine, in the morning, was far into the [nineteenth] century a sign of vice” (Leavis, 193811965, pp. 8, 50; see also Nell, 1985).
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